The president’s moves to ban transgender service members from the military, even those who have fully transitioned, may preclude him from being seen as transformative on LGBT issues within the GOP, but the party is still changing. Even former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, an ardent social conservative, praised the appointment as ambassador to Germany an openly gay man who supported the fight for marriage equality. Grenell wrote in the Wall Street Journal in May 2012, “I can be proud of President Obama’s personal support for gay marriage and still take exception to his dismal national-security and economic records.”
VP swears in new US Ambassador, alongside his husband: https://t.co/CWnuapmf36
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) May 3, 2018
VP Pence administers oath of office to Richard Grenell as US Ambassador to Germany. "It's taken a long time to get here," said Grenell, noting he's been waiting for Senate confirmation since last September. Confirmed 56-42 last week. Served 8 years as US spokesman at UN. pic.twitter.com/iZXiD9NSbX
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 3, 2018
Finally! @RichardGrenell is at last confirmed as Ambassador! I'm proud for my friend, Ric, and even prouder that he will ably represent the USA in Europe. Great choice, @realDonaldTrump in naming him!
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 27, 2018
More. Via The Hill:
The fight over Richard Grenell isn’t the cause of the clearly changing sentiment within the GOP; it’s more of the fulcrum than the spark. There have long been Log Cabin Republicans, now dutifully championing the fact that one of their own will likely be the highest-ranking gay official in U.S. history. Yet now, there seems to be a larger presence of openly gay Republicans than ever before; and consistent with polling data, no one in the party really seems to mind.