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White House: 'Obama Believes Hagel's Statement of Apology' on Gay Rights - VIDEO


White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett on the White House blog:

Recently, some in the LGBT community have expressed concerns about Senator Hagel's past comments. In response, Senator Hagel issued a statement in which he apologized for comments that he made in the 1990s, and affirmed both his commitment to LGBT civil rights as well as his support for open service and the families of gay and lesbian service members.

One of the great successes of the LGBT civil rights movement is that it provides the space and opportunity for people to change their hearts and minds, to right past wrongs, and, over time, to evolve. The President believes Senator Hagel's statement of apology, and his commitment to ensuring that all service members and their families are treated equally. The President would not have chosen him unless he had every confidence that, working together, they will continue to ensure that our military and DoD civilian workforce are as welcoming, inclusive, and respectful as possible.

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  1. Little Kiwi,

    It's disingenuous to suggest that it's a choice between the sky falling and not falling. It's a false choice.

    Homophobes usually don't specify their positions until they reach their position of power.

    Posted by: stephen lucas | Jan 7, 2013 7:05:53 PM

  2. it's disingenuous to compare Hagel to Fischer and Dobson, who exist solely (and i do mean SOLELY) to promote anti-gay bigotry so they can fleece gay-hating Christians of the money they're barely earning.

    and yet you still did it.

    look, you're allowed to have an emotional response to this nomination; we're all having one. but you cant' take that emotional response and pretend it's intellectually backed-up when it's not.

    you're clamoring fearfully about how this man is goign to somehow make the military anti-gay and yet can't even give a specific as to HOW.

    simmer, child.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 7, 2013 7:23:41 PM

  3. @STEPHENLUCAS/JASON supported Newt Gingrich in the primaries, enough said.

    As for Hagel, there is reason to question him on his past anti-gay statements and on the sincerity of his "evolution." People change, some genuinely, some for political reasons. The problem with gay right-wingers like the LCR's is that they're pretending to be offended by Hagel's anti-gay stances (never mind that they are no worse, are in fact better than those of most elected Republicans in 2012) when in reality it's his anti-neo-con positions they're opposed to. Yet, as usual, they're disingenuous about their motives, not to mention their funding sources.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 7, 2013 7:38:10 PM

  4. spot-on, ernie.

    the other irony - the "he's anti-Israel!" statements coming from america's right-wing and indeed Anti-Semitic Christians.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 7, 2013 7:51:02 PM

  5. It makes no difference if Hagel's evolved, and is now Gays Best Friend this side of Jesus and Lassie. If he becomes SECDEF and his know who....doesn't do anything more than he has for the last two years beyond paying LIP SERVICE to "ensuring all service members and their families are treated equally" all this discussion will be meaningless. Funny how so many are defending whatever the Commander-in-Chief wants and ignoring the inequality of tens of thousands of gay service members he's still enforcing.

    To read SLDN's FIRST IGNORED plea to the President, see:

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jan 7, 2013 8:37:58 PM

  6. Hagel is as fake as they come when it comes to evolution on gay rights, as is Fraud-bama. They just want to get into power and grab our money.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 7, 2013 9:10:41 PM

  7. Listen, if Hagel wants to prove his bona fides, he can always forego any political appointment, come here on Towleroad, and prove himself. After enough months of giving advice that will cause Ernie to accuse him of being a saboteur, cause David Eherenstein to accuse him of working with the enemy, and cause Little Kiwi to tell him to die in a car fire or stick his head in an oven,.....we'll know he's sincere if he continues to stick around!

    On a serious note, though, we have to be suspicious of political conversions that reek of opportunism. Has Hagel told us what brought about his change of heart on gay issues? He should be able to track when he changed on gays in the military, anti-discrimination laws in jobs and housing, the right of gays to adopt children as single parents or as a couple, the freedom to marry, etc....? He didn't suddenly get his by a bolt of lightning. Since I tend to advise caution, I'll have to say that we should be skeptical of Hagel. Not hostile, but skeptical.

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 7, 2013 10:11:03 PM

  8. "He didn't suddenly get his by a bolt of lightning"

    CORRECTION: He didn't suddenly get HIT by a bolt of lightning.

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 7, 2013 10:12:26 PM

  9. Sorry Mr. President, I'm not buying Hagel's fake apology!!!

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 8, 2013 8:55:55 AM

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