Obama appoints openly gay man as army secretary, Republican candidate is outraged

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has criticised President Obama’s nomination of a gay man to become Secretary of the US Army.

Huckabee said:

It's clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America's homosexuals than honoring America's heroes.

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.

Eric Fanning served as chief of staff under Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Pentagon, who described Fanning's nomination as an “excellent choice”.

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He has over decades of experience in military policy and is currently serving as the undersecretary for the Air Force.

President Obama said in a statement Friday:

Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role.

I am grateful for his commitment to our men and women in uniform, and I am confident he will help lead America's Soldiers with distinction.

Don’t ask, don’t tell, the controversial policy which prohibited people who “demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts” from serving in the armed forces, was repealed after the President signed a law ending it in 2010, which came into effect in September 2011.

Huckabee is currently polling in sixth in the GOP field, according to RCP polling averages.

(H/T Business Insider)

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