Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel was asked twice today about gays in the military, and gave answers that sounded somewhat rambling and confused. Which is odd, since he was obviously prepared for these kind of questions after the controversy over the past month regarding his past anti-gay statements while serving in the Senate.
Though many are telling me that this is Hagel – rambling, no matter what the question.
First, Hagel was asked by Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado (one of the gay community’s top allies) about a conscience clause that was inserted in the Defense Bill by the far right in order to undermine the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Hagel’s response was rambling and unclear, at best:
When asked by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) whether chaplains would be forced to presides over the marriages of gay military members, Hagel said “no,” then got kind of muddled.