Hagel, nominated by President Obama as secretary of Defense, has opposition from his own party, the Republicans, because of policy differences, and from LGBT activists because of past statements.
The Defense of Marriage Act still prevents some benefits from being extended to same-sex military families and couples.
Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan died Sunday, after a long battle with cancer.
The former Nebraska senator reiterated his commitment to fully implementing repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' including extending partner benefits to the families of gay and lesbian service members.
Ashley Broadway was originally told that because she lacks a valid military ID, which are granted only to wives recognized by the military, that she couldn't join the officers' spouses club.
A solider who fought in Iraq was famously booed during a Republican debate and has since been an advocate for LGBT equality.
For the first time, gay and lesbian soldiers were able to attend the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball with their same-sex partners.
An anonymous group is urging senators to reject Chuck Hagel's nomination for secretary of Defense because, the group says, he is antigay, among other things.
The latest chapter in Ashley Broadway's ongoing effort to join a spouses' club at Fort Bragg finds her declining an offer of a 'special guest membership.'
In the wake of controversy surrounding the exclusion of a lesbian wife from an officers spouses' club, LGBT advocates are ramping up pressure on the Pentagon to revise guidelines across the military to prohibit discrimination against LGBT service members and their families.
A transgender woman who went AWOL from the Marines 31 years ago will be issued a discharge with honorable conditions from the military.
Hagel commits to upholding benefits under "current law" and for "the families of all our service members," but LGBT families lack a laundry list of benefits.