Chuck Hagel, a candidate for secretary of defense whose record on gay-rights issues has come under fire in recent days, apologized on Friday for remarks he made as a senator that an openly gay man nominated for a diplomatic post should not represent the United States.
A few weeks ago I’d have told you that on the subject of equal rights for gays and lesbians — arguably the civil rights issue of our day — I was feeling pretty proud of my country. Gay equality is supported by swelling majorities in polls, especially among young Americans.
New Jersey’s first openly gay state lawmaker is proposing a ballot measure for voters to decide whether the state should recognize same-sex marriage — a suggestion similar to the one gay-marriage opponent Gov. Chris Christie made less than a year ago.
Whether same-sex marriage should be legal in New Jersey ought to be decided by the Legislature, not in the court of public opinion. Senate President Stephen Sweeney believes lawmakers, not voters, should decide one of the most divisive social issues of the day, and he is right.
Amit Rakhit earns the same salary as other vice presidents leading drug development teams at the Weston-based biotech company Biogen Idec, but, because he is gay, he ends up bringing home about $3,000 less every year.