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Brown: I'll Back Clean Repeal Of Military Gay Ban

BOSTON (AP) -- Sen. Scott Brown is saying he'd support a stand-alone bill repealing the military's "don't ask, don't" ban on gays serving openly.

Brown spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in a statement Thursday that Brown accepts the Pentagon's recommendation to repeal the policy.

If and when a "clean repeal bill" comes up for a vote, she said, Brown will support it.

Brown had already voiced support for repeal, but last week voted to block debate on a repeal bill, arguing the Senate should first vote on a tax package.

The Senate voted 81-19 Wednesday to pass the sweeping tax package that would save millions of Americans thousands of dollars in higher taxes.

Also Wednesday the House voted 250-175 to repeal the ban, giving the Senate a final shot to end the policy.

President Obama has vowed to end the ban.

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