Hagel Promises to Move ‘Expeditiously’ on Gay Troop Benefits

Confirmation hearings are currently underway for Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Watch them LIVE HERE.

Chuck_hagelChris Johnson at the Washington Blade reports on some written responses Hagel gave to advance policy questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Hagel reiterated his promise to commit to 'DADT' repeal and LGBT military families and move quickly on extending troop benefits currently prohibited by DOMA:

Since the time “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was lifted in September 2011, Pentagon officials have consistently said they’ve been reviewing the benefits that could be extended to gay service members. However, no action has been taken.

Hagel addressed this ongoing review at the Pentagon in response to a question on the status of this report and the timing when the group is expected to produce it.

“I understand that this review is not taking the form of a report, per se, but has involved assembling detailed information on individual benefits (including whether each such benefit might be made available under current law, and options for how to do so) to support decision making by the senior civilian and military leadership of the Department, and also that those decisions are currently under active consideration,” Hagel wrote. “If confirmed, I will review the work that has been undertaken during the course of the benefits review and will work closely with the Department of Defense civilian and military leadership to move forward expeditiously on this issue.”

Johnson also says at least one protester shouted at Hagel prior to the hearings, telling him to make good on his promises.

We'll report on other developments as they come…


  1. andy says

    God I hope he isn’t confirmed. Not because he’s a bigot (which he is, make no mistake) but because he’s a shill for big oil, on the board of directors for Chevron.


    He’s alot of things but the fact that right wingers are frothing at the mouth over the possibility of him being confirmed tells me all I need to know.

  3. says

    EARTH TO EVERYONE BUT PARTICULARLY GAY MEDIA: the “review” of benefits, despite the shameless lies of paid Pentagon shills and Queer Quislings in the Administration, was completed TWO YEARS AGO in all necessary ways per the November 2010 Pentagon report. Second, we STILL have a SITTING Secretary of Defense. His name is Leon Panetta, and he could order equal treatment for gay and lesbian service members under the law with the stroke of a pen. He’s had over a year and a half to do that, but has only paid lip service to equality. And his predecessor, Robert Gates, could have set up the policies in anticipation of repeal. WHY didn’t they—and WHY didn’t their boss the President— who OVER FIVE YEARS AGO when he was yet to be the Party’s nominee promised, if elected, to “make nondiscrimination the official policy of the U.S. military,” and to implement “anti-harassment policies and protocols for dealing with abusive or discriminatory behavior” post repeal—ORDER them to? That NO ONE in gay media and NONE of our PAID advocates in Washington are asking those questions, are DEMANDING Panetta and Obama keep their promises NOW rather than engaging in this pointless circle jerk about whether or not his NEXT Secretary of Defense will be ordered to do it, will serve up the Pie in the Sky HE’s promising, too, is incomprehensible.