US Senate Confirms Gay Man As Army Secretary
[img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ygDbTyJXBik/Vzv6ZZqF-bI/AAAAAAACdkQ/fYpYxRQRgKosvdCJaLa31InuBj6zznCTQCLcB/s400/eric.jpeg" width="400">US Senate on Tuesday confirmed Eric Fanning as the new secretary of the Army quietly making history by putting the first openly gay person in the post.
Fanning was confirmed unanimously on a voice vote. He previously filled a number of senior positions in the Department of Defense, including acting undersecretary of the Army, special assistant to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and undersecretary of the Air Force.
President Barack Obama nominated Fanning in September, but his confirmation was delayed because of politics. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) put a hold on his nomination in November over his opposition to Obama’s push to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer prisoners to facilities in the United States. In the meantime, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who chairs the Armed Services Committee, refused to give Fanning a hearing because he was irked that Fanning was serving as acting Army secretary while his confirmation was pending.
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