July 28, 2017 at 7:35 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Gay Republican withdraws name for DHS post over trans military ban

John Fluharty, gay news, Washington Blade

John Fluharty, the former executive director of the Delaware Republican Party, has withdrawn his name from consideration for a position at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over President Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the military. (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas)

The gay former executive director of the Delaware Republican Party has withdrawn his name from consideration for a position at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over President Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the military.

John Fluharty was in the running to become the agency’s assistant secretary of partnership and engagement.

Politico reported Fluharty interviewed for the position on Tuesday. The Washington Blade obtained an email from Fluharty in which he asked Luke Beckmann of the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw his name “from consideration.”

Fluharty sent the email to Luke Beckmann of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday at 11:06 a.m., roughly two hours after Trump announced the ban on twitter.

“As I mentioned during our conversation, I am a strong advocate for diversity, both in the Republican Party and in government,” wrote Fluharty. “The president’s announcement this morning — that he will ban all those who identify as transgender from military service — runs counter to my deeply held beliefs, and it would be impossible for me to commit to serving the administration knowing that I would be working against those values.”

Fluharty was executive director of the Delaware Republican Party from 2002-2015.

Fluharty came out as gay in 2013 during an exclusive interview with the Blade at a fundraiser for Equality Delaware, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, and their efforts to support the extension of marriage rights for same-sex couples in the state. The executive committee of the Sussex County Republican Committee later approved a non-binding resolution that called for his removal over his position on the issue.

Fluharty in a statement to the Blade also criticized the Justice Department for arguing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“The president has squandered an opportunity to strengthen not only our nation’s example to the rest of the world, but he has also squandered his party’s ability to have creditable messengers in the LGBTQ community on issues where there can be agreement such as reform of our public education system, lower taxes, and growing our economy,” he said. “Issues that are important to all families.”

“The ban on allowing transgender heroes to continue to serve in the military, and the actions by the Justice Department the following day, have effectively alienated the Republican Party from our community for a generation,” added Fluharty.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

8 Comments
  • It took him this long? Really? Everything else was just fine up until now? Wow, because a decent person would have been gone at the “rapist and murderers” or “Muslim ban” notable events at least, wouldn’t they? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2bdee1065a07662109d4255a94ad13ebef9b152a193d9fc61240cc11cd7b2929.jpg

    • Love the Poster of the Fake POTUS! Yes, GLBT Republicans and libertarians continually like to pretend that the GOP and Trump are not anti-LGBT and try and dupe others to support it on the pretext that they will cut taxes and grow the economy. They talk to you about individual liberty and freedom yet are blind to the fact that the GOP base only wants that for christian conservatives at the expense of GLBT!

      Except Trump has time and again blatantly proven he’s an enemy not an ally and they can’t continue to defend him without looking like bigger fools than we already knew they were! They call us single-issue voters putting the sine qua non issue of preserving GLBT freedoms and advancement last!

      None of us can take what we’ve gained for granted. It’s not enough to have won for example marriage equality especially if you have people continually working to undermine and deny it to you! Sessions saying that existing civil rights laws don’t cover GLBT, which had to have been done with tacit approval of the Fake POTUS, is yet another attempt to undermine those rights and establish a path to declare that religion can Trump GLBT rights. We already know there is a court case pending the SCOTUS that questions whether or not you can use the excuse of faith to deny GLBT people service. You know the Trump administration will file a brief in favor of religious liberty!

      • He might be an enemy of the T, but not this G man. (Drop the T).

        • Well, obviously you’re either pathetically clueless or a blatant liar like your fake POTUS to make a statement like that.

          I just learned that Trump has Jay Sekulow of the anti-GLBT “American Center for Law and Justice” on his legal team. This organization has a long history of opposing GLBT rights and always represents christian conservative organizations like the Family Research Council in court in cases against us! Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are!

          I’ll support keeping the T to drop (preferably on your thick head) the likes of you any day as you support keeping or putting our enemies in power to push your selfish agenda! If it weren’t for gay liberals and their allies fighting for decades to achieve the rights people like you take for granted, you’d be living a double life with a phony wife (if you aren’t now) while having back ally affairs with men! You’d be ashamed and afraid to admit you are a gay man because you’d be ostracized and maybe even beaten up! Fool! You’re a disgrace!

          Go get an oxygen tank, you’ve obviously been deprived of air too long!

    • Transgenders require access to hormones on a regular basis. How can this be possible during a deployment or on the battlefield? Diabetics require access to insulin on a regular basis. How can this be possible during a deployment or on the battlefield? The answer is neither transgenders nor diabetics are allowed to join the US Military.

    • Fluharty came out as gay in 2013 during an exclusive interview with the Blade at a fundraiser for Equality Delaware, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, and their efforts to support the extension of marriage rights for same-sex couples in the state.

    • but he has also squandered his party’s ability to have creditable messengers in the LGBTQ community on issues where there can be agreement such as reform of our public education system, lower taxes,

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