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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:29 PM

Hagel's "Gay Problems" Signal Changed Ground On LGBT Rights

Opposition to Chuck Hagel because of anti-LGBT positions he took in the past is the way things work now. And Republicans know it.

posted Jan 7, 2013 4:03pm EST


Chris Geidner
BuzzFeed Staff

WASHINGTON Republican opposition to a Democratic president's nominee based on criticism of the nominee's anti-LGBT record is unprecedented and says as much about the dramatic gains made by advocates in recent years as it does about the complex position the Republican party finds itself in on LGBT issues at the start of 2013.

A portion of the opposition to Monday's nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to serve as secretary of defense is based on his past opposition to LGBT equality issues including his opposition to Clinton nominee James Hormel in 1998 for being "aggressively gay" and his support in 1999 for the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

The Republican use of anti-LGBT views to tarnish a Democratic administration's nominee reveals something that many Republican leaders have begun to say in private: Active support for LGBT rights is on the verge of becoming a default, mainstream position even if the Republican Party hasn't (yet) arrived there.

And LGBT conservatives are taking full advantage of the issue. The Log Cabin Republicans a group representing LGBT Republicans that endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential run have now run full-page advertisements in The New York Times (in late December) and The Washington Post (Monday). The group criticized Hagel for his position on Hormel's nomination (in late December) and called his apology for the comments about Hormel "too little, too late" (Monday).

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/hagels-gay-problems-signal-changed-ground-on-lg

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DonViejo Jan 2013 OP
UCmeNdc Jan 2013 #1
Mass Jan 2013 #2
DonViejo Jan 2013 #3
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #4
Proud Liberal Dem Jan 2013 #5
jenmito Jan 2013 #6

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:38 PM

1. It seems the NEO Cons used the LCR to front the Neo Con payment for the advertisement

It seems the Neo Cons from the Bush White House paid for the run full-page advertisements in The New York Times (in late December) and The Washington Post (Monday).

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:39 PM

2. Did they not endorse Romney last year?

He is very well known for his pro-LGBT positions, I am sure.

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Response to Mass (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:42 PM

3. Yes they did! nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:46 PM

4. Honestly, Hagel is simply going to have to take his lumps, and

probably the symbolic lumps for all Republicans, on this issue. Let the LGBT community use him to set an example that past discrimination won't be forgotten--Repubs should all be concerned.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:52 PM

5. Log Cabin Republicans are a sham IMHO

I don't really care what they say about anything when they ignore the blatant anti-gay bigotry in their own party. Until they start attacking anti-gay bigotry in their own party and refusing to endorse their own party's anti-GLBT candidates, I won't consider them to be credible. Hagel is going to have to answer for his previous anti-LGBT bigotry during his confirmation and rightly so- since the agency he would be helming is still transitioning into a post-DADT period and he will have some challenges to face- but I'd rather him be questioned by people like Sen. Tammy Baldwin, as well as other LGBT organizations that have at least a patina of credibility on the topic.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:01 PM

6. +1. n/t

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