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    from the human rights campaign from 2005 to 2009. is that acceptable?

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 06:56:49 PM PST

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      Its 2012.

      You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

      by tomjones on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 06:59:49 PM PST

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    •  Its worse than that (4+ / 0-)
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      When he "apologized" he said his 1998 comments don't reflect "the totality of my public record." His public record in the United States Senate spanning two terms from the 105th through the 110th Congress shows his 1998 comments were more in line with the "totality of [his] public record" than his terse "apology."

      Let's be clear, Hagel opposed what is commonly know as the Hate Crimes Bill (variously known by other names through its history). He never sponsored it, favored watered down hate crime language that excluded sexual orientation in the military's hate crimes regulations and voted to filibuster motions to invoke cloture on the Hate Crimes bills when they came up in the Senate.

      Hagel's "public record" on employment non-discrimination is just as bad. Not only did he refuse to sponsor or vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, he voted against adding sexual orientation to the anti-discrimination portion of the Senate's Standing Rules on Employment Practices and refused to adopt a non-discrimination policy for his senatorial office that included sexual orientation and gender identity.

      He voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment and opposed bills that would lessen the impact of DOMA on same sex couples such as the Permanent Partners Immigration Act, Uniting American Families Act and the Tax Equity for Domestic Partner and Health Plan Beneficiaries Act.

      On HIV/AIDS, he declined to cosponsor the Ryan White Care Act and twice opposed legislation designed to expand medicaid to provide assistance to low-income people with HIV. The only time he voted to help the victims of HIV/AIDS was his vote for the Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act in 2008 (his last full year in Congress), which reauthorized PEPFAR, President Bush's global HIV/AIDS initiative to treat mostly non-American HIV/AIDS victims (i.e. not TEH GAYs who constitute most American HIV/AIDS victims).

      Out of the 6 HRC scorecards from the 105th to 110th Congress, Hagel got 5 ZEROS and one 20 (in the 110th entirely earned on his PEPFAR vote). That's on a 100 point scale. That spans over 40 votes spanning 12 years with just one yea for the LGBT position.

      Sorry, his "apology" to Hormel and the LGBT community is entirely too tardy and politically expedient. If he has truly had an epiphany on LGBT equality, then he needs to do more than just issue a 54 word apology for heinous comments made 14 years earlier that slandered an entire community.

      I don't trust Hagel and quite frankly I don't believe him. His comments and votes on LGBT issues are reason enough oppose Hagel's nomination without even taking into consideration President Obama's (R-1982) misguided reaffirmation of the notion that Democrats are not capable of running the Pentagon.

      "Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." --Coretta Scott King

      by craigkg on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:06:44 PM PST

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