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Thomas Roberts Talks to Log Cabin Republican Leader About Hagel Opposition: VIDEO


Earlier today I posted about the Log Cabin Republicans' latest ad in the Washington Post opposing Chuck Hagel's nomination as Defense Secretary. Today, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts talked to LCR interim executive director Gregory T. Angelo about the group's ad.


In related news, Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson issued the following statement today on the Hagel nomination:

"Senator Hagel is an exceptionally qualified nominee for Secretary of Defense and we believe, if confirmed, he will be an effective leader for the Pentagon. Significant challenges remain for LGBT service members and their families, however, and it's long overdue that our Secretary address those challenges.

Our message to the next Secretary of Defense would be the same, no matter who was nominated and confirmed. A commitment to support LGBT service members and their families must be a commitment to action. It's past time to extend all benefits available to married same-sex military couples and families while the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is still on the books. It's past time to put in place military equal opportunity and nondiscrimination protections so that all qualified Americans who wish to serve this nation in uniform may do so without fear of harassment or discrimination. We look forward in the weeks ahead to discussing these and other issues important to LGBT service members and their families with Senator Hagel and his designees, and to working with him should he be confirmed to create equitable conditions for all those who serve our nation so bravely in uniform."

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  1. HE'S the executive director of LCR? Interim or not, he looks a bit wet behind the ears - like he's 12.

    Posted by: Hank | Jan 7, 2013 2:27:17 PM

  2. I have a feeling they are going to let him into the inner office to lick the feet of the Koch brothers.

    The sad, sad part here is the sloppy journalism that did not expose the source of the LRC ad funding. Shame on MSNBC.

    When all is said and done, Hagel will be confirmed and LRC will have done its part to use up gay political capital in the service of their masters.

    Posted by: Fahd | Jan 7, 2013 2:52:36 PM

  3. Man I wouldn't want to look like him. But then I wouldn't want to be Republican either.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 7, 2013 3:00:32 PM

  4. he looks like those guys that still go to the baths.............

    Posted by: steve | Jan 7, 2013 3:16:51 PM

  5. He looks a bit like a Muppet, or a background character from a Wallace & Grommit short.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Jan 7, 2013 3:27:44 PM

  6. didn't the presidential candidate they supported in 2012 (mittens) have a lousy gay rights record too?

    there's considerably more than meets the eye here.

    Posted by: alguien | Jan 7, 2013 3:36:23 PM

  7. @Fahd You wouldn't want to look like him? How refreshingly honest and shallow and irrelevant.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 7, 2013 3:41:29 PM

  8. I agree with ALGUIEN, they put their full support behind a presidential candidate who signed a PLEDGE to write discrimination against gay and lesbian couples into the constitution. Hagel's comments were from the 1990s? Come on, if being a Gay Republican is not oxymoronic enough.....

    Posted by: CW | Jan 7, 2013 3:42:53 PM

  9. i now officially believe that gay republicans become republicans so that they can pretend that their political leanings are the reason nobody wants to f**k them.


    it's all very typical though. they oppose him because it means they get to impress their bigoted GOP buddies by opposing something the president is for.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 7, 2013 4:25:03 PM

  10. @Sam

    I did not say anything about his appearance.

    Posted by: Fahd | Jan 7, 2013 6:23:53 PM

  11. These hacks will say whatever their bigoted funders want them to.

    Nice to see that no self respecting gay man will do this guy's hair, though.

    Posted by: David | Jan 7, 2013 6:31:57 PM

  12. Is it ironic or self hating if we start referring to LCR and GoProud as Koch suckers?

    Posted by: David | Jan 7, 2013 6:49:11 PM

  13. @David

    That's very witty!

    Posted by: Bob | Jan 7, 2013 7:09:28 PM

  14. After supporting Romney for President do the LCRs have any credibility in the gay community?

    Posted by: terdec | Jan 7, 2013 9:27:30 PM

  15. What would LCR know about sensitivity?

    We can't risk rolling the dice [with Hagel]? But we could with Romney?

    @Rich F: Please don't insult the Muppets.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 7, 2013 10:13:32 PM

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