Hagel nomination caught up in LGBT politics

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., says she plans to speak with Chuck Hagel to determine if the Republican is sincere in his apology for anti-gay comments he made while serving in the Senate 14 years ago. Meanwhile, the Log Cabin Republicans bought a full-page ad in the Washington Post opposing Hagel's confirmation as secretary of Defense. OutServe-SLDN said it appreciated Hagel’s apology and called on him to explain during his confirmation process exactly how he would support LGBT military families as head of the Pentagon. Hagel also was endorsed by the Courage Campaign Chairman Rick Jacobs, a progressive LGBT activist who penned an op-ed supporting him.

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