Eric Fanning Finally Confirmed as First Openly Gay Secretary of the Army

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Eric Fanning has finally been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first openly gay Secretary of the Army. Fanning had served as Acting Secretary while his confirmation was being help up by Republicans in the Senate.

Senator Pat Roberts had placed a hold on his nomination, a move he says had nothing to do with Fanning’s qualifications.

Fanning was reportedly confirmed by a voice vote.

Reuters reports:

The U.S. Senate unanimously backed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Eric Fanning as secretary of the Army on Tuesday, making him the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service branch.

Fanning previously worked as undersecretary of the Air Force and chief of staff to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. He was confirmed by unanimous voice vote, eight months after his nomination.

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