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Congressional Democrats Urge Trump To Reconsider Military Transgender Ban

30 August 2017, 01:48 | Katrina Lee

Congressional Democrats Urge Trump To Reconsider Military Transgender Ban

Congressional Democrats Urge Trump To Reconsider Military Transgender Ban

With the addition of two lawsuits on Monday, there are now at least three legal challenges to President Donald Trump's ban on transgender troops. On the heels of his disgusting response to Charlottesville, the transgender ban serves only to appeal to a right-wing base that shuns anyone who is different.

The lawsuits were filed just days after Trump directed the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, which operates the U.S. Coast Guard, to reinstate the ban on transgender military service lifted under the Obama administration.

"'This ban not only wrongfully prevents patriotic, talented Americans from serving, it also compromises the safety and security of our country, ' Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said". After the legalization of so-called same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court, however, LGBT activists have been tirelessly beating the transgender drum, making it the new pet issue.

"He has chose to use the service of men and women who are transgender as a political football, and the cruelty of that decision and policy is hard to understate", said David Rocah, with the ACLU.

The ban, which would take effect next year, also ordered a halt to the use of Defence Department resources to fund sex-reassignment surgeries for military personnel, except if needed to protect the health of an individual who had already begun a course of sex-reassignment treatment. The White House has declined to comment on the pending litigation, according to the Reuters news agency.

Both lawsuits say the ban violates the nation's constitutional guarantee of equal protection and due process under the Fifth Amendment. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Karnoski v. Trump, are two transgender people who wish to serve in the military - Ryan Karnoski and an unnamed high school student - as well as Staff Sergeant Cathrine Schmid, a transgender woman now in the U.S. Army who has served for more than 12 years; the Human Rights Campaign; and the Seattle-based Gender Justice League.

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"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military", he wrote on Twitter.

According to a Rand Corp study issued past year, there would be "minimal" effect on readiness, with only 10 to 130 active-duty members having reduced deployability because of gender transition-related treatments, the ACLU's suit says.

The ACLU says that in addition to the plaintiffs included in its suit, they've been hearing from transgender individuals intending to enlist in the military as well as those who now serve whose gender reassignment surgeries will be cancelled under the ban's provisions.

"The secretaries have no discretion to rewrite policy or create blanket exemptions for classes of service members", the professors wrote in a memo put out by the Palm Center.

The suits were filed in Washington state, the District of Columbia and Maryland.

The ACLU said 8,800 transgender people serve in the military. "This unprecedented policy amounts to a purge of qualified, contributing troops, and will serve only to undermine unit cohesion and weaken military readiness", said Jennifer Levi, an official at the gay rights group GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders) in a statement.

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