Chuck Hagel

Charles “Chuck” Hagel (b. Oct. 4, 1946) is a former U.S. Senator from Nebraska. A recipient of two Purple Hearts while an infantry squad leader in the Vietnam War, Hagel returned home to start careers in business and politics. A member of the Republican Party, Hagel was first elected to the Senate in 1996. He was reelected in 2002, and retired in 2008. On January 7, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Hagel to serve as Defense Secretary in his second term. The nomination is considered controversial due to past comments Hagel made about Israel, Iran and Gays. [ Wikipedia → ]

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Chuck Hagel

Hagel: All states complying with new rules regarding same-sex spouse IDs

Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says that all states are now complying with new rules allowing the same-sex spouses of military members to get ID cards in order to claim benefits. [ Read more → ]
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W.Va. National Guard now issuing military cards to same-sex spouses

Monday, November 11, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The National Guard in West Virginia is now granting military ID cards to same-sex spouses, ensuring that they get benefits such as health care. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)

Gov. says Okla. Guard won’t process benefits for married, same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma National Guard facilities and employees who are paid with state tax dollars won't process benefits for married, same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Okla. governor evaluates options over Guard benefits for same-sex couples

Sunday, November 3, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt are evaluating legal options regarding benefits for same-sex couples in the National Guard after U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a warning to states that have denied those benefits. [ Read more → ]
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N.D. National Guard to issue military IDs for same-sex spouses

Sunday, November 3, 2013
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard says it will issue military identification for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Ind. National Guard says it’s processing benefits for same-sex couples

Friday, November 1, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana National Guard announced Friday that it's been processing benefits for same-sex couples since the start of October, after U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a warning to states that have been denying the benefits. [ Read more → ]
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Hagel blasts states for defying Pentagon policy on same-sex spousal benefits

Thursday, October 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

GOP Senator targets revised marriage leave policy for gay service members

Thursday, September 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee said this week that a newly revised Pentagon policy granting marriage leave for gay service members "legally fails to fix the issue of giving same-sex couples a special benefit." [ Read more → ]
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Pentagon poised to extend benefits to same-sex military spouses

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Eric Holder (left) and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Holder: Marriage ruling ‘enormous triumph’ – Pentagon moves on benefits

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Supreme Court's decision declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional is an "enormous triumph" for equal protection under the law for all Americans. [ Read more → ]
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Hagel honors gay service members at Pentagon pride event

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. -- In his first appearance at a Pentagon LGBT Pride Month event, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday honored gay and lesbian service members, calling them “integral to America’s armed forces.” [ Read more → ]
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to attend Pentagon LGBT Pride event

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will speak at the Pentagon's Pride event next Tuesday, June 25, honoring gay and lesbian service members. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Senate confirms Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary. The vote Tuesday was 58-41, with four Republicans joining Democrats in backing President Barack Obama's nominee. [ Read more → ]
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Senate clears the way for confirmation of Hagel as Defense Secretary

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Senate cleared the way Tuesday for confirmation of Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary after Republicans dropped their unprecedented delay of President Barack Obama's choice to head the Pentagon. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Senate panel approves Chuck Hagel for Pentagon chief

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A bitterly divided Senate panel on Tuesday voted to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation's defense secretary at a time of turmoil for the military with looming budget cuts, a fresh sign of North Korea's nuclear ambitions and drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. [ Read more → ]
Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel faced his confirmation hearing before the Senate on Thursday.Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Hagel pledges to move ‘expeditiously’ on benefits for gay troops

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel has pledged to “move forward expeditiously” on the issue of extending partner benefits to gay service members if confirmed for the role as defense secretary. [ Read more → ]
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Hagel commits to extending partner benefits to gay troops

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has committed to extending partners benefits “permissible under current law” to gay service members as part of attempts to allay concerns among Democratic senators about his potential performance as Pentagon chief. In a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Hagel... [ Read more → ]
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Chuck Hagel: A disappointing choice from Obama

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Rather than use his mandate from winning re-election to reward his key constituencies, President Barack Obama has poked a stick in the eye of the LGBT community by turning to former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary -- a man who had an abysmal voting record in Congress and drew criticism for using anti-gay slurs back in 1998. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)

Baldwin cautious on Hagel nomination, questions if apology was ‘sincere’

Monday, January 7, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, said Monday she would not to commit to supporting former Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination as Defense Secretary until she is more confident that his apology for anti-gay remarks he made in 1998 is “sincere.” [ Read more → ]
President Barack Obama with former Sen. Chuck Nagel.Official White House photo by Pete Souza.

White House defends President’s choice for Defense Secretary

Monday, January 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday nominated former Nebraska GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, stirring widespread criticism from both sides of the political establishment in Washington. [ Read more → ]
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Barney Frank comes out in opposition to Hagel nomination

Monday, December 31, 2012
Retiring gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) announced on Monday that he strongly opposes the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary based on the former senator’s 1998 anti-gay comments and record on LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]
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Obama: Hagel’s 1998 anti-gay remarks don’t disqualify him for Cabinet role

Sunday, December 30, 2012
President Obama said over the weekend during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he won’t rule out the nomination of former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary over anti-gay remarks he made in 1998. [ Read more → ]
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Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel apologizes for 1998 anti-gay remarks

Saturday, December 22, 2012
The former U.S. senator whom President Obama is reportedly considering for defense secretary on Friday apologized for using anti-gay remarks 14 years ago to describe a gay nominee for U.S. ambassador. [ Read more → ]
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