Is Obama’s New Army Secretary A Friend to Gays?


President Obama will name New York’s Republican Rep. John McHugh to the Army Secretary post. So how does the McHugh rank for gay equality? Law Dork: “In the 110th Congress, McHugh was not a co-sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which would have repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In fact, McHugh on received an unimpressive 15% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard for the 110th. He was, however, one of 35 Republicans to vote ‘yes’ on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”

UPDATE: The Advocate‘s Kerry Eleveld today asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs whether McHugh supports the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Gibbs said yes. The exchange:

ELEVELD: On the nomination of Representative McHugh, last year, during the “don’t ask, don’t tell” hearings, he expressed a deep desire to move forward with a review of the policy and he said, “I would hope and encourage both the Department of Defense and the various services to reconsider the reluctance they have displayed to this point.” Was a review of the policy something that the president took into consideration with this nomination and will Congressman McHugh be encouraged to move forward with talks inside the department?

GIBBS: I think it’s obvious from those statements and other statements that Congressman McHugh has made that he and the president are in agreement on changing the policy they both don’t think is working for this country right now. And it’s a priority of the president’s and I think for any number of reasons we have a nominee that we hope will be confirmed quickly and will have — ah, based on his background and experience — will help to improve the lives of the Army.