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Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman introduces Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the centennial dinner for the Anti-Defamation League in New York City, New York, Oct 31, 2013. Hagel addressed the repeal of the Defense of Marriage act and how currently five states are refusing to issue National Guard spouses of same sex couples identification cards. Hagel stated that today he gave a directive to General Frank Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau to work with the States to follow the current law and issue the cards to same sex couples serving in the National Guard. Following his speech Hagel helped present Panetta with the William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute Service Award for his dedication to equal rights throughout his career in public service. DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo (Released)

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Taken on October 31, 2013