Some say former senator’s anti-gayvoting record cause for alarm
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Concerns are emerging in some circles of the LGBTcommunity — now most notably from gay Rep. Barney Frank(D-Mass.) — over the potential nomination of former Sen.Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, despite the apology heissued days ago regarding anti-gay remarks made in 1998.A handful of advocates who spoke to the WashingtonBlade are seeking more details over how Hagel wouldaddress remaining issues for LGBT service members —such as additional partner beneﬁts for gay troops and theimplementation of openly transgender service — beyondwhat was offered in the statement in which Hagel apologizedand said he would be “committed to LGBT military families.”Richard Socarides, a gay New York-based Democraticadvocate, is among those saying Hagel should present morespeciﬁc plans for addressing outstanding LGBT issues at thePentagon.“I think that if he is nominated as Defense Secretary, beforewe as a community agreed to support him, as some groupshave already done, it would be important to hear from himwhat his plan is on implementing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’repeal and on issues like transgender service,” Socaridessaid. “These kinds of questions would be appropriate for anydefense secretary nominee, but they would be particularlyappropriate were the nominee Sen. Hagel, who because of his comments would have some convincing to do.”
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Gays and lesbians beganto tie the knot Jan. 1
By MICHAEL K. LAVERSmlavers@washblade.com
TILGHMAN, Md. — Gay couples across Marylandimmediately took advantage of the state’s same-sexmarriage law once it took effect at midnight Tuesday.Sabrina Pettis, a member of the Maryland NationalGuard, married her ﬁancée Natasha at an Annapolischurch at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Ellicott Cityresidents Dale Knight and Jeff Arney tied the knotat a friend’s Howard County home at the same time,while at least four same-sex couples were expected toexchange vows in Cumberland just after midnight.Long-time Baltimore mayoral aide James Scalesand his partner, William Tasker, were among theseven same-sex couples who included South CarolinaEquality Executive Director Ryan Wilson, who grew upin Fallston in Harford County, and his partner, ShehanWelihindha, at Baltimore City Hall once the buildingopened at 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Mayor
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