Nominee for U.S. Army Secretary Mark Green Has Deep Anti-LGBT RecordBy Adam Polaski • April 12, 2017 • 9:27 am
This week President Donald Trump nominated Tennessee Republican state Senator Mark Green to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Army. Freedom for All Americans is galvanizing individuals to contact their senators to oppose the nominee, who has a deep and long history of standing against LGBT equality. Click here to tell your Senator to reject Mark Green’s nomination.
In the Tennessee legislature, Green has sponsored some of the state’s most onerous and discriminatory pieces of legislation to be introduced in any state. This year alone, Green sponsored two bills targeting LGBT Tennesseans for discrimination, including a measure that would allow public businesses to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as a bill to prohibit transgender students from using the restroom that matches the gender they live as every day.
He has said that it is “tolerating immorality” to allow LGBT people to serve openly in the military. He has declared transgender people to have a disease, and when he asked himself, “How do we get the toothpaste back in the tube?” referring to the greater acceptance for LGBT individuals in the military, his response was, “It’s going to start with me.”
Matt McTighe, Executive Director of Freedom for All Americans, said today:
“Americans who believes that everyone who answers the call to serve our nation should be treated with dignity and respect should be wary of Sen. Green’s nomination,” Matt McTighe, executive director of Freedom for All Americans, said. “The Armed Forces have taken significant steps over the last few years to ensure that every American can serve our nation, and Sen. Green has made it his chief priority to legalize discrimination against LGBT Americans.”
If confirmed, Green would replace U.S. Army Sec. Eric Fanning, the first openly gay man to head a branch of the U.S. military. Fanning, who stepped down following Trump’s inauguration, was instrumental in advancing policies ensuring service members are judged for their service to the nation, not their sexual orientation or gender identity.
McTighe continued: “Every soldier and their family should have full confidence that the Secretary of the Army has their best interest at heart. Based on his long record, it’s clear that they will not have that with Sen. Green.”