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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:56 PM

LGBT Rights Groups Call Hagel's Comments About Gay Nominee “Unacceptable”

Source: Buzzfeed

The nation's largest LGBT rights group on Thursday called "unacceptable" comments former Sen. Chuck Hagel made in 1998 opposing a Clinton administration nominee because he was "openly aggressively gay."

The 14-year-old comments about Clinton's nominee to be ambassador to Luxembourg, James Hormel, came to light Thursday as Hagel is a front-runner to be nominated by President Obama for defense secretary in his second term.

Human Rights Campaign spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz also said, however, that "we do not know ... how s views have evolved over time" and that the group "look forward to hearing from Senator Hagel on these issues should he be nominated."

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which works to support out LGBT presidential appointees, noted that times have changed since Hormel's nomination.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/lgbt-rights-groups-call-hagels-comments-about-gay

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Reply LGBT Rights Groups Call Hagel's Comments About Gay Nominee “Unacceptable” (Original post)
dlwickham Dec 2012 OP
dlwickham Dec 2012 #1
William769 Dec 2012 #2
Bluenorthwest Dec 2012 #3
MrModerate Dec 2012 #4
QC Dec 2012 #5
dlwickham Dec 2012 #6
Behind the Aegis Dec 2012 #8
dlwickham Dec 2012 #10
MNBrewer Dec 2012 #7
King_David Dec 2012 #9

Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:02 PM

1. from an earlier article on Hagel

Hagel was a longtime supporter of "don't ask, don't tell," which banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. In 1999, he told The New York Times, ''The U.S. armed forces aren't some social experiment.''

And between 2001 and 2006, Hagel received a score of zero from the Human Rights Council, with no votes on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a job discrimination bill, and the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which eventually was passed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act in 2009.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/chuck-hagel-once-opposed-nominee-because-he-was-o

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:15 PM

2. He is not a good choice, not even close.

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:20 PM

3. He is a huge bigot. Huge.

Long, ugly, nasty record of it.

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:27 PM

4. He needs to be quizzed about "how his views have evolved over time . . ."

Actually, I don't know much about the guy. Time for Google/Wikipedia.

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:47 PM

5. He's only going to sing one song. n/t

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Response to QC (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:45 PM

6. huh

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:17 AM

8. It's a remark about Dr. Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church.

He was one of the preachers pushing the Uganda "Kill the Gays" bill, and was the invocation speaker at Obama's inauguration.


ETA: When many of us gays voiced our concern/protest about having such a nasty homophobe involved in the inauguration, the excuse was "it's only one prayer."

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 09:11 AM

10. I get it now

I can be a bit slow at times

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:54 PM

7. He sounds like a terrible choice.

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Response to dlwickham (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 02:20 AM

9. Awful choice nt

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