Critics: Obama elevates sexuality over nat'l security

Monday, September 21, 2015
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A conservative military watchdog says a recent White House announcement proves "LGBT law" now rules over America's military establishment.

Late Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Eric Fanning to be the Army's new secretary. If confirmed, Fanning – currently the Army's acting undersecretary –would be the nation's first openly homosexual leader of a military service branch.

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Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, spoke with OneNewsNow right after the announcement. "When Congress voted to repeal the 1993 law [that] said that homosexuals were not eligible to serve in the armed forces, they were voting for a new policy," she explained. "LGBT law now prevails in the American armed forces."

Also on Friday afternoon, Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, took issue with the announcement as a matter of morality.

LaBarbera, Peter"Homosexuality is deviant sexual conduct. Sodomy is immoral, unnatural, and condemned by God," he stated. "Now we have the military going from George Washington, who drummed a homosexual out of the military, to the U.S. Army being led by an open homosexual."

At least two GOP presidential candidates have voiced their reaction to the announcement. Governor Mike Huckabee said Saturday it's clear Obama is "more interested in appeasing America's homosexuals than honoring America's heroes." And Texas Senator Ted Cruz expressed his hope the president is more interested in selecting the right person than he is making a political statement on issues of sexual orientation that Cruz says are "unrelated to defending this nation and keeping us safe."

The Texas lawmaker added that he will wait until Senate confirmation hearings to assess Fanning's record on the merits.

Fanning's nomination must be confirmed by the Senate. He would replace John McHugh, who has said he plans to step down no later than November 1. LaBarbera is skeptical that the Republican-controlled Senate would be willing to try to block the nomination.

Fanning has also served as the Air Force's acting secretary and chief of staff to the defense secretary.

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