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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #26)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 04:28 PM

54. Not as good as it sounds on the surface. I googled. I did not spend a lot of time because

I don't usually spend a lot of time trying to support or disprove other posters' claims.

This is part of what I found in the very first link that I followed, though. It's not great.

While Senator John Kerry was seen as a likely successor to Panetta, the withdrawal of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice from consideration to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made the Massachusetts Democrat the likely pick for State the job he really wants increasing the prospects for a Hagel nomination to Defense.

Hagel, now 66, was in the Senate from 1997-2009, and so missed the 2010 vote on Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal.

Asked in 2003 about an amendment to the US Constitution barring same-sex marriage, Hagel told the Omaha World Herald, I dont think the Constitution was ever written or set up for those kinds of amendments. I think those kinds of issues are better off left to the states. But he voted for it anyway the following year. He switched his vote when the issue resurfaced in 2006, but maintained his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Hagel repeatedly voted against adding sexual orientation to the federal hate crimes law and opposed set-asides for minority and women-owned businesses.


Edited to add:

Forgot to provide the link. It is:

http://gaycitynews.com/task-force-concerned-about-hagel-at-defense-department-citing-lgbt-womens-people-of-color-record/





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