James Kirchick (New York Daily News) explains the former Senator's actions and words:
Hagel is not fit to represent the Defense Dept. No. This is a slap in the face to gays and lesbians who only just got to serve openly. With his attitude, on the record attitude, he's not going to go out of his way to address issues. If his remarks were racist, he wouldn't even be considered. But there's this attitude that it's 'just gay people.'
You see the real colors of people right now. Like the little piece of trash Phyllis Bennis. She wants the homophobe as Secretary of Defense. She and IPS are willing to spit on gays and lesbians. I'm not. I'm not willing to turn my back on people who have been so wronged for so long.
The Huffington Post quotes outgoing US House Rep. Barney Frank stating:
Then-Senator Hagel’s aggressively bigoted opposition to President Clinton’s naming the first openly gay Ambassador in U.S. history was not, as Sen. Hagel now claims, an aberration. He voted consistently against fairness for LGBT people and there does not seem to be any evidence prior to his effort to become Secretary of Defense of any apology or retraction of his attack on James Hormel. And to those of us who admire and respect Mr. Hormel, Sen. Hagel’s description of him as aggressive can only mean that the Senator strongly objected to Hormel’s reasoned, civil advocacy for LGBT people.
I cannot think of any other minority group in the U.S. today where such a negative statement and action made in 1998 would not be an obstacle to a major Presidential appointment.
The same article quotes Barack stating, "With respect to the particular comment that you quoted, he apologized for it."
It's not a remark. It's an entire career of spitting on gays and lesbians. Barack just doesn't get it.
Phyllis Bennis doesn't want to.
Gays and lesbians should not contribute any money to IPS or any other organization connected to Phyllis Bennis in any way shape or form.
Know who your enemies are. Our enemies are those who try to ignore discrimination.
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