As President Barack Obama is set to nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as defense secretary, the Log Cabin Republicans have released a full-page ad in the Washington Post opposing him.
The ad by the conservative gay rights group criticizes Hagel's record on issues of LGBT equality.
In 1998, Hagel called James Hormel, then President Bill Clinton's choice for U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, “openly, aggressively gay." He characterized Hormel's sexual orientation as an "inhibiting factor" that would prevent him from doing "an effective job."
Hagel recently apologized, saying his 1998 remarks were "insensitive." Hormel has said the former senator's remarks seemed politically timed but accepted them as a "clear apology."
The Log Cabin Republicans' ad says Hagel's apology is "too little, too late," and includes a timeline of the senator's record on gay rights.
Yes, the Log Cabin Republicans are all worked up cause Chuck Hagel said some (admittedly) stupid things about the gays 14 years ago. I could see how one would be vexed about such a thing, but unfortunately it's a little difficult for me to take complaints like this seriously from a group of nimrods who decided to ally themselves with a party whose major platforms include doing everything in their power to deprive people like those in the LCR of their civil rights.
It points out that in 1996, he said he would have voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages. In 1999, he also said he opposed repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military that was repealed in 2010.
This part in particular is quite hilarious. You know who else, voted for DOMA and was against repealing DADT to the bitter end? John McCain. And who did the LCR support for the presidency in 2008? Not John McCain, of course.
Time and Time again these clowns have supported people who were less than tolerant of their life styles, from Mitt Romney to Sarah Palin. It only makes sense that the only time these dipshits call out anyone is when it involves Democrats.