Log Cabin Republicans Continue Campaign Against Chuck Hagel
Gay GOP group the Log Cabin Republicans have taken a second full-page ad in recent weeks condemning defense secretary candidate Chuck Hagel on his anti-gay record.
The ad, published on the Washington Post on Jan. 7, features Hagel’s photo along with a timeline showing a 17-year commitment to supporting measures such as the Defense of Marriage Act and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The ad culminates with the message: “Chuck Hagel’s Apology: Too Little, Too Late,” in reference to Hagel’s apology of his longtime anti-gay comments issued on late December 2012.
“At Chuck Hagel’s request, we looked into the ‘totality’ of his public record on gay rights, and it did nothing to assuage our concerns that his anti-gay record makes him the wrong choice to oversee the ongoing integration of gays and lesbians in the military,” Gregory T. Angelo, interim executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said in a statement.
“Until his name surfaced as a potential nominee for Secretary of Defense, he has stood firmly and aggressively against not only gay marriage, but also against gay people in general. Log Cabin Republicans helped lead the charge to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and is extremely invested in seeing that we don’t lose any ground due to a lack of sincere commitment to gay people and their families on the part of the incoming Defense Secretary.”
The former Republican Senator of Nebraska is said to be Obama’s top choice to fill the secretary of defense position. The Log Cabin Republicans placed a similar full-page ad in The New York Times on Dec. 27; that one also attacked Hagel on his Iran and Israel policy views.
Here’s Hagel’s public record on gay issues, according to the Log Cabin Republicans:
- In 1996 Hagel said he supported the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law defining marriage as one man and one woman. He also supported a state constitutional amendment barring gays from marrying.
- In 1998 Hagel opposed the nomination of James Hormel as Ambassador to Luxembourg, arguing that an “openly, aggressively gay” man should not be selected to represent the U.S.
- In 1999 Hagel opposed repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, saying, “the U.S. armed forces aren’t some social experiment.”
- In 2005, in reaction to a federal judge’s ruling that Nebraska’s voter-passed ban on same-sex marriage violated the constitutional rights of lesbians and gay men, Hagel opposed the decision saying, “I am hopeful the federal appeals court will recognize the rights of Nebraskans to determine their own laws governing marriage and reverse this decision.”
Check out the Washington Post ad