(CNSNews.com) – On Friday, President Barack Obama nominated Eric Fanning to be the first homosexual to be secretary of the United States Army. This comes four years after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” allowing homosexuals to serve “openly” in the military.
“Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role,” Obama said. “I am grateful for his commitment to our men and women in uniform, and I am confident he will help lead America’s soldiers with distinction.
“I look forward to working with Eric to keep our Army the very best in the world,” Obama said.
The first president of the United States, however, took a different kind of action when confronted with homosexuality in the U.S. military.
“Back in 1778, at Valley Forge, however, Gen. George Washington approved the dismissal of a soldier for ‘attempting to commit sodomy,’ with ‘abhorrence and detestation of such infamous crimes,’” according to Washington’s papers at the Library of Congress.