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Log Cabin Republicans: 'Chuck Hagel: Wrong on Gay Rights. Wrong on Iran. Wrong on Israel.'

News release from Log Cabin Republicans:

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Log Cabin Republicans took out a full-page ad in the New York Times opposing the potential nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for Secretary of Defense.

The headline of the ad quotes Chuck Hagel from an interview with the Omaha World-Herald from 1998 and reads:

Chuck Hagel's Words: "They are representing America [as Ambassador]. They are representing our lifestyle, our values, our standards. And I think it is an inhibiting factor to be gay - openly, aggressively gay..."

The ad goes on to say, "Chuck Hagel: Bad on Gay Rights. Bad on Iran. Bad on Israel. Tell President Obama that Chuck Hagel is wrong for Defense Secretary"

"Chuck Hagel's weak record on preventing nuclear proliferation in Iran, lack of confidence in our ally Israel as well as an aggressive history against the LGBT community is a no-go combination for a Secretary of Defense nominee," stated R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans, combat veteran and former alternative representative to the UN Security Council.

Here's the ad:

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Steve - Why not note that earlier this month, Hagel apologized for the comments about Ambassador Hormel. And that he is on record opposing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

“My comments 14 years ago in 1998 were insensitive,” Hagel said in a statement last Friday. “They do not reflect my views or the totality of my public record, and I apologize to Ambassador Hormel and any LGBT Americans who may question my commitment to their civil rights. I am fully supportive of ‘open service’ and committed to LGBT military families.”

After reading Hagel's apology, Hormel said it was "significant" in a post on his Facebook page. "Senator Hagel's apology is significant — I can't remember a time when a potential presidential nominee apologized for anything. While the timing appears self-serving, the words themselves are unequivocal — they are a clear apology.

"Since 1998, fourteen years have passed, and public attitudes have shifted — perhaps Sen. Hagel has progressed with the times, too. His action affords new stature to the LGBT constituency, whose members still are treated as second-class citizens in innumerable ways. Sen. Hagel stated in his remarks that he was willing to support open military service and LGBT military families. If that is a commitment to treat LGBT service members and their families like everybody else, I would support his nomination."

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