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Excerpted from Buzz Feed: Among the reasons why then-Sen. Chuck Hagel opposed the repeal of the military’s ban on out gay service in 1999 was his concern that it could impair “military effectiveness,” a common refrain of supporters of the ban. He wrote to The New York Times “anything that would jeopardize” the country’s security “would be irresponsible and dangerous.”

In the weeks leading up to his current nomination to serve of President Obama’s secretary of defense, however, Hagel said his views on the subject have changed, saying, “I am fully supportive of ‘open service’ and committed to LGBT military families.”

The earlier comments, made in a letter to the editor, resulted from a statement Hagel had made in a news article opposing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal because “[t]he U.S. armed forces aren’t some social experiment.”

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