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    But Chuck Hagel wasn't even in Congress in 2009, and probably had not cast any truly substantive votes on LGBT issues in years.

    Steve Clemons on HRC and Hagel:

    I am a big fan of HRC and Chad Griffin. I have gone to the last couple of HRC dinners as the guest of the managing partner of the mega-law firm of Paul Hastings, a straight and happily married Republican who supported Mitt Romney but is steadfastly committed to human rights and to LGBT equality. Paul Hastings is the major underwriter of the HRC dinner, and I hope that Chad Griffin or the firm invite Hagel and his wife to sit at their table and have a conversation on these issues.

    Had Hagel been invited, he would have told the audience that he valued each and every man and woman who chose to serve this nation, on the battlefield and in other capacities -- regardless of his or her ethnic background, sexual identity or religion. I'm not sure where Hagel stands on same-sex marriage, but I know that he supports solid legal protections for gay families and is personally supportive of gays and lesbians.

    How do I know this?

    Because I'm a national-security wonk who happens to be gay and who happens to have interacted with and followed Chuck Hagel for years.

    'Fie upon the Congress' - Sen Bob Byrd

    by Maxwell on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:31:33 PM PST

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