Chuck Hagel no longer holds Nebraska values when it comes to gays serving openly

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Tuesday hosted a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month event in the Pentagon auditorium that highlighted just how much the country and its military have changed over the years.

As a Republican senator from Nebraska in 1999, Hagel expressed opposition to repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in uniform. He told the New York Times then that “the U.S. armed forces aren’t some social experiment.”

But as he made clear after being nominated to run the Pentagon, Hagel came to support the principle of open service.
( Chuck Hagel: Military is stronger with gays serving openly )

“Our nation has always benefited from the service of gay and lesbian soldiers, sailors, airmen and coast guardsmen and Marines,” Hagel said at Tuesday’s event. “Now they can serve openly, with full honor, integrity and respect. This makes our military and our nation stronger, much stronger.”

( Billy’s thoughts – I am tired of the lie that says at last gays can serve, gays have always been able to serve. Also should it be the job of the Secretary of Defense to hold in the Pentagon an event for Pride Month. How sad and what an outrage this is. Hagel instead of pushing rights for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual folks should spend his time trying to make our military better. One thing I am pretty sure of is Hagel better plan on never running for office in Nebraska again because he longer believes in the values that us from Nebraska believe in. If I am right the good people of Nebraska would never again vote him into office. )

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