U.S. President Donald Trump just recently nominated Christian pro-life conservative Tennessee Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville) to take the place of openly gay Army Secretary Eric Fanning.
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Green's nomination to U.S. Army Secretary has now been formally announced, with the event happening just a few hours ago, according to Military.com.
Because of his nomination, the Christian politician will have to leave the Senate and his 2018 gubernatorial bid to serve under Trump's cabinet, The Tennessean reports.
When the publication first reported Green's possible nomination for the position last month, some people expected Trump to announce it during a Nashville rally. The Christian senator was one of the speakers during the event, but he only talked about possible additional military funding.
After word of Green's appointment as Army Secretary broke out, his colleague, Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), promptly joined the bandwagon of Republicans who have set their eyes on the 2018 gubernatorial primary. U.S. Rep. Diane Black, House Speaker Beth Harwell, former state lawmaker Joe Carr, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, and former Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner Randy Boyd are among the other Republicans who will possibly be part of the governor's race.
Green is a West Point graduate and physician who previously served as an Army officer. He wrote a book about the special operation to capture Saddam Hussein, in which he was an Army medic.
For the LGBT community, Green's appointment as Army Secretary is bad news. He had sponsored Senate Bill 127, which would prohibit the government entities from taking a look at companies' internal policies, a measure that the gay community consider to be discriminatory against them, The Huffington Post notes.
SB 127 passed the Senate last month and is now set to be voted upon by the House. LGBT groups, city managers, and two members of his party had voted against the measure.