Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military spouses and their families, released the following statement following the withdrawal of Mark Green as the nominee for Secretary of the Army.
“Mark Green should never have even been considered for Secretary of the Army,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway Mack. “His vicious attacks on LGBT people should have been disqualifying from the very beginning. It took an overwhelming chorus of voices speaking out in outrage over the nomination, but we are pleased that in the end, what is best for our military families has prevailed. The U.S. Army needs leadership that will ensure all of our service members and their families have the support they need and deserve, and Mark Green was clearly not that leader.”
The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) sounded the alarm on Mark Green’s nomination last month. As a Tennessee lawmaker, Green vehemently opposed LGBT equality by pushing legislation singling out LGBT people and their families for discrimination, encouraging the state of Tennessee to defy the Supreme Court over marriage equality, and even labeling transgender as a “disease.”
An overwhelming chorus of voices joined AMPA in crying foul over Green’s nomination, including the Human Rights Campaign, military academic professors, members of Congress, and a host of other pro-equality voices and organizations.