Eric Fanning was sworn in Wednesday as secretary of the Army, becoming the first openly gay leader of any U. His swearing in marked another historic moment both for the Obama administration, which has pushed for various gay and lesbian rights, and the groups that have long awaited such a moment. The move comes five years after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which had prohibited gay and lesbian service members from being open about their sexuality. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Fanning "embodies the kind of strong and steady leadership and civilian commitment to our men and women in uniform that have made our military the finest fighting force the world has ever known. Fanning was confirmed Tuesday by the Senate after a protracted debate between the White House and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, who opposed administration efforts to close the prison at the U.
Sexual orientation in the United States military
Eric Fanning, First Openly Gay Army Secretary, Confirmed by U.S. Senate
He was the first openly gay head of any service in the U. Fanning spent the first 25 years of his career in a wide variety of roles, working in Congress, at the U. Department of Defense , in the White House, and as a consultant before eventually returning to the Pentagon. He is notable as being the only person to have held senior civilian appointments in the U. Army , U. Air Force , U.
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In another historic moment for the Obama administration, the Senate on Tuesday evening confirmed the long-stalled nomination of Eric Fanning to be Army secretary. Fanning becomes the first openly gay leader of any U. Army is a demonstration of the continued progress towards fairness and equality in our nation's armed forces," Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement. Fanning previously served as the Army secretary's principal adviser on management and operation.
Newsweek published this story under the headline "Homoeroticism in the Ranks" on July 26, In light of President Donald Trump banning transgender people from serving in the military, Newsweek is republishing the story. It would just make me sick. For young armed-forces recruits who are still uncertain of their footing in the male world, the gruff camaraderie of barracks life may provide a reassuringly masculine setting.