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What Chuck Hagel would have to promise LGBT group if nominated for Secretary of Defense

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There have been reports galore, starting with this one from Josh Rogin, that Chuck Hagel is expected to be the president's nominee for Secretary of Defense. Or is he... ?

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However, as Rachel Maddow notes, despite his apologies, he has some work to do to prove his sincerity to the gay community. Back in 1998 he referred to a Clinton nominee as "aggressively gay." Barney Frank outright opposes the nomination.

Hagel now says he is "committed to LGBT military families." So, they're asking him to put his money where his mouth is. If he is nominated and confirmed, per my pal Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed, OutServe-SLDN's Allyson Robinson says Hagel "should immediately extend, via secretarial directive, all benefits available to married same-sex military couples and families.”

Seconded.

Here's Part Two of Rachel's two-parter about Hagel:

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VIDEO: Security Guard At Zuccotti Park Calls Gay Veteran “Faggot” at Occupy Wall Street

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My dear pal @Back2Stonewall shared this with me. Please go to his site for more, including contact information.

I'm in knots about this. I'll stop there.

UPDATE: He's been fired.

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Pentagon: Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal ready by summer

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Whaddya wanna bet the world doesn't come to an end, the military somehow survives the Big Change, and no straight members will magically turn gay (nor will any gay members magically turn straight):

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The military expects to be ready to implement the repeal of the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy by midsummer, a top Pentagon official said Friday. [...]

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen will ultimately need to certify that the Defense Department is ready for a repeal of the policy. At that point, a 60-day countdown would begin before the repeal was officially implemented.

It's hard to believe that, in 2011, this is still an issue.

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Survey: 70% of military okay with gays serving openly

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We've had so many leaks about this report, it's not news any more.

But anyway:

The survey, due out Tuesday, is expected to find pockets of resistance among combat troops to ending the ban on gays. But some 70 percent of respondents were expected to say that lifting the ban would have a positive or mixed effect, or none at all, according to officials familiar with the findings. [...]

Much of the debate is likely to hinge on the results of the Pentagon study, with many senators saying they wanted to see whether troops would support such a change before voting for repeal. Still, it's far from clear whether the bill would even advance to a floor debate with Democrats and Republicans disagreeing on procedural grounds.

Just end Don't, Ask Don't Tell and get acquainted with the 21st century already. Good grief.

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