This week read about Brenda “Sue” Fulton being nominated for a senior position in the Department of Defense, and Michigan legislators seeking to ban conversion therapy.
Out Military Veteran Nominated for National Security Position
President Joe Biden has nominated out New Jersey official Brenda “Sue” Fulton for assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs, a senior position in the Department of Defense.
Fulton, who is currently the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission chief administrator, graduated from the first West Point class to admit women, and served in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of captain before her honorable discharge. Former President Obama appointed her to the West Point Board of Visitors, where she was elected chair twice. Through organizations she helped create, like Knights Out and OutServe, Fulton was able to be a strong voice in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
NJ Gov. Phil Murphy congratulated Fulton’s nomination in a statement.
“President Biden has made a tremendous choice in his nomination of Sue Fulton to serve our nation,” wrote Murphy. “I have relied upon her clear, calm, and flexible approach to serving the needs of millions of New Jerseyans during one of the most challenging times in memory. I know she will be the capable partner President Biden needs working alongside Secretary Austin at the Pentagon.”
Michigan Bill Seeks to Ban Conversion Therapy
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As lawmakers across the country continue to pass legislation that targets LGBT youth, Michigan legislators have introduced bills that would ban conversion therapy for minors in the state.
The bills, HB 4651 and SB 367, were introduced in both the House and Senate by State Rep. Yousef Rabhi and Sen. Mallory McMorrow. According to the bill, if passed, mental health professionals who administer conversion therapy would become “subject to disciplinary action and licensing sanctions for unprofessional conduct.”
The act is already banned in 16 states and in three Michigan cities, punishable by a $500 fine and up to 93 days in jail. McMorrow made her case for the bill on the Senate floor, calling on the Republican-controlled legislature to consider the perspectives of those who have been subject to the practice.
“Conversion therapy is not therapy. It is not grounded in science, it is immoral, it is unethical, and it is harming our young people by telling them that at their core, they are broken,” said McMorrow.