Former Senator Chuck Hagel, in line to be nominated as Defense Secretary, is apologizing for something he said in 1998 when James Hormel was in consideration for an ambassadorship.
In a brief written statement issued Friday, the Republican said his comments about James C. Hormel were “insensitive” and did not reflect his views.
In an interview with the Omaha World-Herald in 1998, Hagel said he believed that for a U.S. ambassador, in his words, “it is an inhibiting factor to be gay.” He went on to call Hormel “openly, aggressively gay.”
Hagel apologized Friday to Hormel and to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Americans who may question his commitment to their civil rights.
Hagel says he supports “open service” and is committed to LGBT military families.