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OutServe-SLDN Responds to Reports of Hagel SecDef Consideration

For immediate release:
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Contact: Zeke Stokes at
202-621-5406 or zeke@outserve-sldn.org

Statement by OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson on Reports of Hagel Nomination for Secretary of Defense

(Washington, DC) Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson responded today to reports that former Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska is likely to be nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta:

"At OutServe-SLDN, we expect that anyone being considered by the President for the Secretary of Defense post would embrace one of the signature accomplishments of this administration - the repeal of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ - and would be prepared to demonstrate his or her firm commitment to fairness and equality for our nation's men and women in uniform. Finishing the work of repeal - and the important next steps toward achieving equality in the military - need to happen during the tenure of the next Secretary of Defense. Should he become the Secretary, we would look forward to working with Senator Hagel to achieve the President’s priorities for our nation’s armed forces.”

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ABOUT OUTSERVE-SLDN: OutServe-SLDN is the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel with more than fifty chapters and 6000 members around the world It works to support a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. For more information, visit www.outserve-sldn.org.

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