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Chuck Hagel Fields Questions About Gay Troops, Discrimination, Same-Sex Marriages on Military Bases: VIDEO


In his confirmation hearings today, Chuck Hagel was asked about a conscience clause in the Defense bill used by the right-wing to undermine 'DADT' repeal, and whether or not military chaplains would be forced to perform gay weddings.


(via americablog)

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  1. I'm so tired of religious people getting in the way of simple justice.

    Posted by: David R | Jan 31, 2013 1:07:10 PM

  2. There is absolutely no reason why a Vietnam War hero, a respected former US Senator, and a man who is outspokenly anti-War should not be US Defense Secretary. Thank you President Obama for nominating Chuck Hagel to this important position.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 31, 2013 4:06:05 PM

  3. EARTH TO EVERYONE BUT PARTICULARLY GAY MEDIA: 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 TODAY. 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 hasn'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—ORDERED them to if he so believed what he said then—and in his Inaugural address two weeks ago? 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.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jan 31, 2013 5:09:31 PM

  4. Someone please cut off internet to the Paranoia Ward of the booby hatch where Michael Bedwell dwells.
    The President and Panetta are sworn to enforce the laws passed by Congress, whether fair or unfair. Obama has urged Congress to repeal DOMA, has called in unconstitutional, has stopped defending court challenges to it.
    If he followed the urgings of Bedwell et al, he could be impeached.
    Use your damn ire on the republican House leadership, NOM, etc, not on your friends, folks -- particularly when you ask sworn officials to break laws. If it were OK for President Obama to break laws which hurt Gays, would it not be OK for President Romney to break laws that favor us?

    Posted by: Bob | Jan 31, 2013 6:06:40 PM

  5. Hagel is almost as articulate as George Bush. I hope he's more intelligent.

    Posted by: Not Inspired | Jan 31, 2013 6:07:15 PM

  6. Hagel's positions on LGBT issues are of NO importance to those who want to block his approval as Sec of Defense. His opponents are the conservative NeoCon Republicans who fear he is too anti-war and anti foreign military intervention.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 31, 2013 10:27:11 PM

  7. We all know about Hagel's anti gay marriage comments from the past. And he's never retracted those comments.

    He has, however reluctantly, pledged to uphold the law. He's dragging his feet, and he's an influential politician.

    Remember Obama's first term debate with Mr. McCain? He answered the same question the same as McCain: marriage is between a man and a woman.

    Obama later admitted he had "evolved" on the issue. And I don't think it was just HRC, but many, many others who we owe a debt of gratitude to that helped him "evolve." Maybe Obama knows something about Hagel we don't. As in we're having a force in policy unlike ever before. One thing's for sure, he's better than Leon.

    Posted by: Tom221 | Jan 31, 2013 11:55:23 PM

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