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Hagel Commits to Gay Benefits

By Charlotte Robinson, January 16, 2013
Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel nominated to become Secretary of Defense sent a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in which he voices his support for gay & lesbian military families stating, “I fully support the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 & value the service of all those who fight for our country. I know firsthand the profound sacrifice our service members & their families make & if confirmed as Secretary of Defense, I will do everything possible to the extent permissible under current law to provide equal benefits to the families of all our service members.” Army Veteran & OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson stated, "Senator Hagel’s commitment is a turning point for our gay & lesbian military families. His promise to grant these service members the family benefits they have earned demonstrates his deepening grasp of the injustice currently being done to them.” OutServe-SLDN has been calling on the Pentagon for nearly two years to take action on benefits that may be provided to gay & lesbian military families, even as the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) drags on. An August 2011 letter to Secretary Leon Panetta provided a comprehensive list of these benefits. Updates to Come…:)

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