Senate panel approves 1st openly gay military service leader, Eric Fanning

  • metta

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    Mar 14, 2016 5:59 AM GMT
    Senate panel approves 1st openly gay military service leader

    "A U.S. Senate committee moved Eric Fanning a step closer on Thursday to becoming the first openly gay civilian to lead a U.S. military service by approving his nomination as Army secretary. The Senate Armed Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over Fanning’s nomination, approved the nomination by voice vote nearly six months after President Obama announced his choice of Fanning as the next Army secretary. The committee approves the nomination after it held a confirmation hearing for Fanning in January that went smoothly for the nominee. No member of the committee asked Fanning a question about his sexual orientation or objected to having an openly gay Army secretary."

    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/03/10/senate-panel-approves-1st-openly-gay-military-service-leader/
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    Mar 14, 2016 6:31 PM GMT
    "The committee approves the nomination after it held a confirmation hearing for Fanning in January that went smoothly for the nominee. No member of the committee asked Fanning a question about his sexual orientation or objected to having an openly gay Army secretary."

    What was that about all GOPers are homophobic bigots again?

    My only question: is the guy qualified? Apparently, at least to the GOP-controlled committee, he is. End of story.
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    Mar 14, 2016 6:43 PM GMT
    Yes, I am pleasantly surprised. I have always had hope that the GOP would change. It is still difficult to say they have really changed when you look at the debates but I'm at least thankful for this moment of fairness from the GOP.
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    Mar 15, 2016 1:58 AM GMT
    Good news. Thanks to Republican John McCain.
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    Mar 15, 2016 2:51 PM GMT
    Fanning is eminently qualified to be the USA's Secretary of the Army and should be confirmed by Congress. His previous congressional confirmation was as undersecretary of the Air Force.