Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Saturday said the
nomination of the openly gay Eric Fanning as the secretary of
the U.S. Army was an attempt by the president to “appease” gay
Americans and accused him of using the military for social
“It’s clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing
America’s homosexuals than honoring America’s heroes. Veterans
suicide is out-of-control and military readiness is dangerously
low,” Huckabee, who is running for president, said in a
statement. “Yet Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal
interest groups he’s nominated an openly gay civilian to run the
Army. Homosexuality is not a job qualification. The U.S.
military is designed to keep American safe and complete combat
missions, not conduct social experiments.”
Huckabee has also used the “social experiment” line to refer to
the idea of trans people serving openly in the military.
Fanning, who currently serves as acting undersecretary of the
Army and chief management officer, has deep experience in the
military. Before his current position, he served in several high
level roles, including special assistant to Defense Secretary
Ash Carter and undersecretary of the Air Force.
While Huckabee may be deeply concerned about Fanning’s
appointment, the Army doesn’t really seem to be. Defense
Secretary Ash Carter called him “one of our country’s most
knowledgeable, dedicated, and experienced public servants.”
Phil Carter, a veteran of the war in Iraq and senior fellow at
the Center for a New American Security, also said Fanning’s
appointment wouldn’t be controversial in the Army.
“My sense is that the Army is over this and has been over it for
some time,” he told The Washington Post. “The Army cares whether
you can shoot straight, not whether you are straight.”
Meanwhile, LGBT advocacy groups hailed the positive impact that
Fanning’s nomination would have on servicemembers. Fanning would
be the first openly gay secretary of one of the military
branches if confirmed by the Senate.
“Considering the tremendous struggles that LGBT Americans have
faced within the Department of Defense, Fanning’s nomination is
deeply significant,” Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights
Campaign, told The Huffington Post. “This is a sign of hope and
a demonstration of continued progress towards fairness and
equality in our nation’s armed forces.”
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