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Obama names an openly gay man to lead the U.S. Army
Via Reuters
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We've come quite a long way since Don't Ask Don't Tell.

President Obama announced his nomination for the next Secretary of the Army Sept. 18 and it's Eric Fanning, an openly gay man.

If confirmed, Fanning would take over for current Secretary John McHugh who will soon leave the post.

Reuters has more details on the appointment:

Fanning is currently serving as acting Army undersecretary, and previously worked as Air Force undersecretary and chief of staff to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter. His nomination to the post must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

"Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role," Obama said in a statement. "I am confident he will help lead America's soldiers with distinction."

Carter called Fanning's nomination "an excellent choice" by Obama and said he hoped for a quick Senate confirmation.



A quick confirmation might not be in store if history is any indication. President Obama has had more nominations blocked by Senate filibuster threat than any other president.

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In what is believed to be the first proposal of marriage between two gay men -- and war vets -- on a U.S. military base, Navy vet Cory Huston asked Marine Avarice Guerrero to marry him Tuesday at Camp Pendleton in San Diego. Here's the story:

Under a bright Southern California sky at Camp Pendleton's Camp Del Mar near Oceanside, California, a full two hours before his boyfriend's return from the badlands of Afghanistan, Cory Huston waited nervously. Huston, who was discharged under the former Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, chain smoked as he rehearsed the simple proposal he would deliver when Guerrero would arrive. Finally, luggage in tow, Guerrero emerged with a smile on his face. Upon seeing Huston, Guerrero dropped his bags; aimed a kiss toward Huston's lips; and opened his arms to his boyfriends waiting embrace. The time and distance of 10 months' separation evaporated in a public show of affection that less than a year ago would have been cause for court martial. After a few minutes of emotional holding and kissing, Huston went anxiously down on one knee; looked up at Guerrero, who was dressed from head to toe in military fatigues; and produced an engagement ring and the time-honored phrase, "Will you marry me?" Huston's mild tremble, a result of hours and days of anticipation about this day, was quickly quieted by the one word every hopeful fiancé wants to hear: "Yes."

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