Eric Fanning

The Senate Armed Service Committee advanced the nomination of Eric Fanning to be Army Secretary.

The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today applauded the vote, and called on the full Senate to quickly schedule a vote on the nomination.

“I want to applaud my Senate colleagues for their recommendation to confirm Eric Fanning as the new Secretary of the Army,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) “This is truly a groundbreaking achievement for the LGBT community and a monumental step forward for our military. Not only is Eric the most qualified, but he will ensure all our service members are treated equal regardless of who they are or who they love.”

“We are thrilled that the Senate Armed Services Committee has advanced the nomination of Eric Fanning as Army Secretary,” said Aisha Moodie-Mills, President and CEO of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute. “Mr. Fanning is a dedicated public servant who has received bipartisan praise throughout his career. As the military makes progress toward full LGBT inclusion, Eric’s nomination as the first openly gay official to head a military branch is a significant step forward. We applaud President Obama’s appointment of Mr. Fanning and call on the Senate to approve his nomination in a timely manner so that he can continue doing what he does best – serving his country as one of the nation’s foremost experts on defense policy.”