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President Obama appoints Chuck Hagel — but gay rights groups express reservations

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  1. Many people have changed their positions on GLBT issues since 1998. He may well be one of them. He can’t erase what he said but we should welcome his change of mind. This is what we want, after all.
    The big question is – was his apology sincere or just a political move?
    I do trust Obama so maybe Hagel will do ok by us.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 7 Jan 2013, 7:46pm

      Agree with that. Not so long ago, Maria Miller was against LGBT equality and now look, not to mention Theresa May and even Cameron. I believe people can evolve and often do. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. I’d rather have him evolve than not.

    2. Christopher 8 Jan 2013, 3:06am

      You realize he only apologized after he found out he might become secretary of defense.

      1. Yes. He was clearly putting his house in order but that doesn’t mean that he has not genuinely moved on.

  2. Christopher 7 Jan 2013, 7:46pm

    Not very happy about this.

    1. Of course, the everything must revolve around homosexuals and their “rights”. God forbid they just pick the best man for the job when choosing the next Secretary of Defense.

  3. Hmmmm…. Because it’s the New Year, I’m gonna be a happy little gay about this.

    I don’t particularly care about Hagel and his change of views or whatever. I’m entirely with everyone who says that a man can have changed his viewpoint over 1`4 years. I know that I have.

    Also, I’m not going to take the Log Cabin Republicans too seriously. Apart from the fact that I have a deep suspicion that there are no gay people in the Log Cabin Republicans because they’re so anti gay equality, this whole opposition to Hagel seems to have come out of left field.

    1. At this point I have to say that I have Americans who said they were members of LCR, but I always had my suspicions. When I took them to gay clubs in London, the most ‘gay’ behaviour they exhibited was wearing bad footwear while trying to get into GAY and cupping the genitals of the nude male statue at the bottom of the stairs of Kudos.

      Anyway… Giving them the benefit of the doubt, the reason why I’m going to support them on this is because if Hagel becomes Sec Def, he’s going to have to make massive cost cuttings in his department.

      If the guy is challenged now about potential homophobia and has to reject it in public, then he’s unlikely to make cuts in his defense budget that hurt LGBTQ causes to prove he wasn’t lying when he got appointed.

      Yeah, I know. I still buy a lottery ticket because I think I can win, too

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