Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military spouses and their families, strongly condemned remarks by President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Army, Mark Green. In a radio interview last year, Green said he opposes transgender equality because he must “crush evil.”
“Mark Green’s comments are outrageous and beyond the pale,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “Our transgender soldiers serve our nation proudly, with integrity and honor. Green clearly has no business leading the men and women of the United States Army, and his appalling attacks against LGBT people are in direct conflict with the core values of the Army. President Trump should immediately withdraw his nomination of Mark Green as Secretary of the Army.”
Green’s dangerous remarks were uncovered by Amanda Terkel of the Huffington Post, who reported Green “believes that part of his mission as a public official is to “crush evil” ― and that opposing transgender equality policies is key to that effort.” The full story can be found here.
As a Tennessee lawmaker, Green has 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 going so far as to say being transgender is a disease.
Notably, if confirmed, Green would replace Eric Fanning — the first openly gay Secretary of the Army.