The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, on Saturday condemned Mike Huckabee's comments on an openly gay nominee to lead the U.S. Army.
Huckabee, who is vying to become the Republican nominee for president, said in a Facebook post that President Barack Obama's pick of Eric Fanning was more about pandering to the LGBT community than anything else.
“Homosexuality is not a job qualification,” Huckabee said, adding that the military was not about conducting “social experiments.”
If approved by the Senate, Fanning, 47, would become the first openly gay secretary of a military branch.
JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of policy and political affairs at HRC, responded in a blog post, saying that Huckabee's bigotry makes him unfit to be president.
“Mike Huckabee is so blinded by his own bigotry that he would oppose someone with two decades of national security experience just because of his sexual orientation,” Winterhof wrote. “Mike Huckabee's naked prejudice and willingness to smear an experienced public servant shows he is unfit to be commander in chief. Other candidates should make immediately clear they won't tolerate Huckabee's bigotry and that they will make these decisions based on Eric Fanning's experience and on the merits.”