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01/31/2013

Video: Defense nominee Hagel fields gay-themed questions. How'd he do?

by Jeremy Hooper

One question about far-right attempts to undermine inclusive service and another about chaplains. Both videos come courtesy of AmericaBlog:



[AmericaBlog]

I don't have a huge problem with either answer, but I know that some do. Your thoughts?

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*OutServe-SLDN's reaction:

Hagel Renews Commitment to Action on Recognition, Benefits, and Support for Gay and Lesbian Service Members in Confirmation Hearing Testimony

(Washington, DC) Consistent with his recent public statements, former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel reiterated his commitment to do everything possible under current law to provide gay and lesbian service members and their families with equal benefits and support today during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Hagel said he would move quickly upon confirmation to create greater equity for gay and lesbian service members and their families should he become Secretary of Defense.

“After two years of equivocation and delay by Pentagon leadership, it is gratifying to see Senator Hagel show the kind of clear, unambiguous support for our service members and their families we saw today. It is an historic day when issues critical to gay and lesbian service members and their families take center stage in a confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense,” said Army Veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson.

OutServe-SLDN has pressed the Pentagon to take action on benefits equity for over two years. Last October, with no public explanation, the service chiefs shelved a plan to extend benefits not tied to the federal definition of marriage to gay and lesbian service members. In recent weeks, Robinson called on current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to use his authority in the final days of his tenure to extend available benefits to all military families. OutServe-SLDN has identified a number of benefits that could be offered immediately without violating the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. For a full list of these benefits, click here.

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