The Army is growing more diverse, but Trump is about to set that back with his nominee Sen. Mark Green for Army secretary. Not only has Green endorsed anti-LGBTQ+ laws in his state, Tennessee, but has frequently out against equality.
When speaking to Chattanooga Tea Party members in September, Green was asked how enlisted personnel viewed the “social revolution that’s being imposed upon them by this government.” Green replied that, because most enlisted service members are younger, they are more comfortable serving alongside openly gay men and women, and would be okay around transgender individuals as well, despite it being a “disease.” He also believes that he can solve this “problem:”
If you poll the psychiatrists, they’re going to tell you that transgender is a disease…But you ask about how we fix it ― how we get the toothpaste back in the tube. I gotta tell you ― it’s going to start with me being the salt and the light to the people around me. I mean, if you really want to bring this back to who’s at fault, we got to look a little bit inwardly. We’ve tolerated immorality. And we’re reflecting light
These remarks make many see him as unfit for the job. “Green has made a shameful political career out of targeting LGBT people for discrimination,” AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack said. “All soldiers and their families, including those who are LGBT, should have confidence that the Secretary of the Army has their back and is working for their best interest. Unfortunately, based on his vicious, anti-LGBT record, Mark Green cannot be trusted to ensure all those who serve have the support they need and deserve.”