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

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | 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

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | 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...

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Chuck Hagel: A disappointing choice from Obama

Editor, The Washington Blade
| 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 drew criticism for using anti-gay slurs back in 1998.

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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

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | 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

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | 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 support equal rights for LGBT military families.

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

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | 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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A Failure of Leadership: Ft. Bragg and the Pentagon

| Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Military spouses’ organizations aren’t just social clubs – they provide critical support to families that face challenges that civilian families don’t understand - long separations due to training and deployment, stresses on everyone in the family when a loved one goes to war. Most Army wives, and husbands recognize that we need each others’ support to deal with the tough challenges of military life – and that we’re all in this together. So what the heck is wrong at Fort Bragg?

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