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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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Texas National Guard to allow same-sex couples to register for benefits

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas National Guard will immediately begin letting same-sex couples register for benefits. [ 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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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 → ]
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)

Okla. governor tells National Guard to deny benefits to same-sex couples

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Fla. AG avoids taking a stand on military benefits vs. same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Attorney General's office has declined to offer an opinion on whether the Florida National Guard can process benefits enrollment for the spouses of gay troops on state facilities. [ 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 → ]
Major Gen. John Nichols

Guard commander asks Texas AG for legal opinion on same-sex military benefits

Friday, September 6, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- The commander of the Texas National Guard is asking the state's attorney general for a legal opinion about whether he can process applications for military benefits for same-sex couples under a Pentagon directive even though gay marriage is banned in Texas. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

Pentagon announces benefits for same-sex spouses of service members

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex spouses of military members will be eligible for the same health care, housing and other benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex spouses starting Sept. 3, the Pentagon said Wednesday. [ 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 → ]
Eric Fanning

First out, gay man takes over as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

Saturday, June 22, 2013
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. -- U.S. Air Force Under Secretary Eric Fanning took over as acting director of the Air Force on Friday, becoming the highest ranking out, LGBT official at the Department of Defense. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

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 → ]
Chuck Hagel

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 → ]
Chuck Hagel

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 → ]
Leon Panetta

Panetta announces extended benefits to same-sex military families

Monday, February 11, 2013
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Monday announced he will extend to nearly the full extent permitted under current law the benefits available to gay and lesbian service members and their families. [ Read more → ]
Leon Panetta

Panetta poised to extend benefits to same-sex military families

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials said Tuesday that outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of military members. [ 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 → ]
Chuck Hagel

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 → ]
Chuck Hagel

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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Pentagon blocks LGBT websites for ‘operational security reasons’

Friday, January 4, 2013
More than 15 months since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military's former ban on openly gay service members, the U.S. Department of Defense continues to block access to websites it categorizes as LGBT. [ Read more → ]
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