Thirty-one Democrats in the US House of Representatives are urging the Senate to reject Mark Green as Secretary of the Army, They believe he ‘cannot be trusted’ to serve without discrimination or harassment based on his history.
In a recent letter, the lawmakers led by Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass), state: ‘LGBT soldiers are willing to make tremendous sacrifices to protect our rights and freedoms. It would be deeply disrespectful to their service to appoint a secretary of the Army whose history of homophobia and transphobia makes it clear that he is not willing to do the same for them.’
In attempts to defend himself, Mark Green took to Facebook to attack the ‘liberal left’ who are ‘falsifying his words.’
GLAAD recently dug up an interview Green did with an online radio show where he talks about the anti-trans ‘bathroom bills’ many states are looking to pass.
‘The government exists to honor those people who live honorably, who do good things – to reward people who behave well and to crush evil. So that means as a state senator, my responsibility very clearly in Romans 13 is to create an environment where people who do right are rewarded and the people who do wrong are crushed. Evil is crushed,’ Green said on the radio show.
‘So I’m going to protect women in their bathrooms, and I’m going to protect our state against potential infiltration from the Syrian ISIS people in the refugee program. And whoever wants to stand up and take me on that, I’m ready to fight,’ he continued.
‘The Trump Administration must have been desperate to fill this post because Mark Green’s anti-LGBTQ remarks should disqualify anyone seeking to be in charge of the United States Army, which includes many out and proud soldiers,’ says Sarah Kate Ellis, President of GLAAD.
‘Our nation is strongest when we are together ― and calling transgender people ‘evil’ does just the opposite.’
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a video outlining the harmful policies Green has supported during his political career as a state senator in Tennessee. Some of them include encouraging the state of Tennessee to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, supporting a bill that would allow therapists to discriminate against LGBTI patients, and even referring to being transgender as a ‘disease.’
‘If you poll the psychiatrists, they’re going to tell you that transgender is a disease. It is a part of the DSM-6, I think it is, the book of diagnostic psychological procedures or diagnoses. It’s very interesting to see what’s happening in government, or in our nation,’ Green said at the Chattanooga Tea Party in September.
‘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,’ he went on to say.
If confirmed Army Secretary, many fear Green will roll back the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ which allows LGBTI personnel to serve openly in the U.S military.