Hagel vows support for gay troops, families at confirmation hearing

02/1/2013 | Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) · BuzzFeed

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel this week said that as secretary of Defense he would move "expeditiously" to extend benefits to the families of openly gay and lesbian military personnel. Speaking Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Hagel also said he would make sure same-sex couples are allowed to marry at military bases in states where it is legal, but that he supports the rights of military chaplains not to participate in those ceremonies.

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Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.) · BuzzFeed

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