31st March 2014
Philip Hammond: Same-sex marriage opponents should ‘get used to it and move on’ 7
8:48 PM — Tory Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said that he is now accepting of same-sex marriage, and claimed critics should 'get used to it and move on'.
8th November 2013
Philip Hammond: I was ‘shocked’ David Cameron legalised equal marriage so quickly 22
3:33 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was “shocked” by the legalisation of equal marriage for England and Wales – but has conceded that he will eventually be “quite comfortable” with the reform.
1st November 2013
Former US Defence Secretary Robert Gates appointed to lead Boy Scouts of America
1:27 PM — Former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates has been chosen to lead the Boy Scouts of America – an organisation which continues to find it difficult to accept gay people.
US: Defence Secretary says refusing same-sex IDs is ‘wrong’
1:14 PM — Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has criticised nine US states for failing to grant full spousal benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian members of America's armed forces.
26th June 2013
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel pays tribute to gay troops in Pride speech
3:26 PM — Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has paid tribute to gay members of America’s armed forces in a speech to mark Pride month.
20th May 2013
Yvette Cooper: ‘David Cameron must show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into Tory wrangling’ 4
1:21 PM — Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper, says she hopes “David Cameron will show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into another vortex of bitter Tory wrangling.”
27th February 2013
Chuck Hagel confirmed as US Defence Secretary despite past anti-gay remarks 2
11:11 AM — Having faced criticism over his previous homophobic views, the US Senate has confirmed Chuck Hagel as the new US Defence Secretary.
31st January 2013
Chuck Hagel defends values and reputation in front of Armed Services Senate Committee 2
5:35 PM — Having faced questions over his previous anti-gay positions, US Defence Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has been defending his reputation in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Philip Hammond admits to raising sibling relationships in same-sex marriage discussion 23
12:54 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has admitted to raising siblings relationships in last week's discussion about equal marriage with students at a university.
28th January 2013
Exclusive: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond links incest with same-sex marriage 122
11:12 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has told students in Surrey that allowing gay couples to marry would be like sanctioning incest.
10th January 2013
US: Gay former ambassador forgives Chuck Hagel for anti-gay remarks 2
6:21 PM — Former US ambassador James Hormel has forgiven Chuck Hagel for previously describing him as “aggressively gay” and is now supporting his defence secretary nomination.
31st December 2012
President Obama gives Chuck Hagel his backing — despite gay rights row 12
2:14 PM — Despite facing renewed criticism for his previous anti-gay remarks, Chuck Hagel, who is tipped to become the next US defence secretary, has President Obama’s support.
21st December 2012
Questions over anti-gay past of Chuck Hagel, tipped to become next US defence secretary 5
10:43 AM — Chuck Hagel, who is in the running to become the next US defence secretary, previously suggested an ambassador could be unfit to serve due to his sexuality by describing him as “aggressively gay”.