New Army Secretary Will Be Highest-Ranking Gay Official 

Washington, DC – SPARTA responded with relief and congratulations to yesterday's news that
 the Senate finally confirmed Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army.  This confirmation has been held up for reasons completely unrelated to Mr. Fanning’s outstanding qualifications. 
"Eric Fanning is one of the most qualified nominees ever for this post; this is s good day for the Army,” said Sue Fulton, Chairwoman of SPARTA’s Board.  “He represents the principle that those who are otherwise qualified to serve should not be disqualified for reasons of prejudice. The issue of transgender service is still unresolved, and we look forward to working with Secretary Fanning to address this ongoing issue quickly and effectively. Commanders and their troops have been in limbo for months waiting for the policy, and further delay only causes harm to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who wish serve honestly and openly with honor and dignity. ”
SPARTA is an organization of LGBT people who currently serve or have served in the military and our families as well as veteran and uniformed allies. We are a membership organization, built by, for and with members from all parts of the LGBT military community.

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