Trump’s nominated Army Secretary says anti-LGBT claims are politically-motivated

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In his first public statement since being nominated by President Trump as army secretary, an anti-gay Republican lawmaker Mark Green (who replaced openly gay Eric Fanning on the post) tries to excuse his homophobic remarks with politics. Green is the author of Tennessee bill SB 127, which would grant businesses unlimited rights to discriminate without any action from state agencies, invalidating any non-discrimination protections. The broadly worded states: “A government entity shall not take discriminatory action against a business entity on the basis of the internal policies of the business entity, including, but not limited to, personnel and employee benefit policies that are in compliance with state law.” It irritated the LGBT rights groups, in part Human Rights Campaign. As for Eric Fanning, Fanning previously spoke movingly about a significance of being an openly gay men in the role. “For many in our military, Pride in San Diego has special meaning… With their actions, they sent a clear message to our country: that it’s possible to take deep pride in being part of two great families, the U.S. military and the LGBT community. I thought about my own experience when I first went to the Pentagon. I didn’t see anyone else like me in that large building. Each time I advance in [my] career, I get more attention and more people write to me, and I realise how many other people now see something they didn’t see before.”

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