Anti-LGBT Nominee for U.S. Army Secretary Withdraws Name from ConsiderationBy Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017 • 4:55 pm
President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the U.S. Army withdrew his name from consideration this afternoon. In a statement, Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green said his nomination has become a “distraction.”
Green’s nomination was met with immediate and fierce opposition from all corners of the country due to his vocal hostility to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This year alone, Green sponsored two pieces of legislation that targeted LGBT Tennesseans for discrimination. One bill sought to allow public businesses to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. In another bill, Green tried to prohibit transgender students from using the restroom that matches the gender they live as every day. Both measures ultimately failed.
During the nomination process, LGBT advocates, including our partners at GLAAD, uncovered video and audio from Mark Green, where he said transgender people have a “disease” and where he called transgender people “evil.”
Thousands of Freedom for All Americans supporters urged their Senator to reject Green’s nomination.
Kasey Suffredini, chief program officer for Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement regarding Green’s withdrawal:
“We are pleased that Sen. Green withdrew his nomination to head the U.S Army. Our soldiers and their families deserve nothing less than a leader who will respect each and every one of them, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Freedom for All Americans calls on President Trump to put forth a nominee for Army secretary who will work to ensure all those who serve — including those who are LGBT — are free to do so openly and safely, without having to fear discrimination.”