Barney Frank Gives Hagel a Pass on Gay Comments
But Republican group is less forgiving
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2013 4:45 PM CST
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. gestures during his news conference on his retirement, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – With Afghanistan and defense spending at stake, Barney Frank is willing to overlook an anti-gay remark. "I was hoping the president wouldn’t nominate" Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, the gay-rights activist and former Democratic lawmaker tells the Boston Globe. But "as much as I regret what Hagel said, and resent what he said, the question now is going to be Afghanistan and scaling back the military." The backstory: Fifteen years ago, Hagel called James Hormel—then President Clinton's pick for ambassador to Luxembourg—"openly, aggressively gay," but he apologized last month.

Log Cabin Republicans, however, seem less forgiving about the GOP senator from Nebraska. The conservative gay rights group took out a full-page ad in the Washington Post slamming President Obama's choice, reports the Huffington Post. It dismisses Hagel's apology as "too little, too late" and notes other blemishes in his gay-rights record—like supporting the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 and opposing the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in 1999. Huffington Post notes that the group backed Mitt Romney for president despite his anti-gay stands on the campaign trail.

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BinThereDunThat
Jan 8, 2013 10:10 AM CST
Barney knows, even with the gay remarks, if the Reps dislike Hagel so much, he can't be all bad. He said he hopes Hagel gets the job. :)
GeminiMishy
Jan 8, 2013 8:58 AM CST
"The conservative gay rights group took out a full-page ad in the Washington Post slamming President Obama's choice," Not to split hairs but you have a thousand people in your OWN party you should be condemning. Most of the swing towards positive gay rights movements in politics have happened in the last decade. Just as others have evolved on the topic, it isn't a stretch to think that this guy has. Sure, he is most likely pandering but come on. I can name a dozen politicians you should focus on more. Go after them.
homer57
Jan 8, 2013 7:47 AM CST
Here are 5 stages of man in the world today: as a nation or as a world, 1) Preaching 2) teaching 3) culture 4) apostosy and 5) Paganism and here also is another stage(s) of mankind 1) man 2) movement 3) machine 4) material 5) materilaism So, if you are honest w/yourselves man is in his ast stage of paganism and materialism in this time we live! Man is about done w/his own distruction! I'd suggest taking a look at "THE "SAVIOR" Jesus Christ 1 Peter 3:18 KJV