"Veterans suicide is out-of-control and military readiness is dangerously low, yet Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal interest groups he's nominated an openly gay civilian to run the Army," Huckabee said in a statement.
Obama said Friday that he intended to nominate Eric Fanning, who has served as acting undersecretary of the Army since June, to be secretary of the Army, a civilian position. If confirmed, Fanning would become the first-ever openly gay person to lead a branch of the U.S. military.
"Homosexuality is not a job qualification," Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas and ordained Baptist minister, said. "The U.S. military is designed to keep Americans safe and complete combat missions, not conduct social experiments."
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
ABC News' Alexander Mallin contributed reporting.