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Panetta poised to extend benefits to same-sex military families

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Leon Panetta
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. [...]

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

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel faced his confirmation hearing before the Senate on Thursday.Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade
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. [...]

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Hagel commits to extending partner benefits to gay troops

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Chuck Hagel
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 responds to queries the California [...]

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Chuck Hagel: A disappointing choice from Obama

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Chuck Hagel
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 [...]

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

Monday, January 7, 2013
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
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.” [...]

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White House defends President’s choice for Defense Secretary

Monday, January 7, 2013
President Barack Obama with former Sen. Chuck Nagel.Official White House photo by Pete Souza.
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. [...]

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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. [...]

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Barney Frank comes out in opposition to Hagel nomination

Monday, December 31, 2012
Barney FrankFile photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade
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. [...]

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Hormel questions sincerity of Hagel apology for 1998 anti-gay remarks

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
James HormelPhoto by Michael Nguyen, courtesy Skyhorse Publishing
James Hormel — the nation’s first openly gay ambassador — questioned the sincerity of an apology that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) issued on Friday over anti-gay remarks he made in 1998. Hormel pledged to oppose Hagel’s confirmation as defense secretary unless he affirms before the Senate that he will [...]

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Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel apologizes for 1998 anti-gay remarks

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Chuck Hagel
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. [...]

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