The out senator says our nation's security is paramount.
LGBT Americans were mentioned more than once during the State of the Union address, but activists might still be disappointed.
An Associated Press style memo says the news service prefers 'partners' even when describing legally married same-sex pairs.
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 new version of the Violence Against Women Act prohibits denial of services due to a victim's sexual orientation.
Sen. Tom Harkin promises to get a federal antidiscrimination bill through committee this year, while President Obama may sign an executive order banning discrimination by government contractors.