Posted by 29 March 2019
By a vote of 238-185, this week the House of Representatives expressed its opposition to the Trump Administration’s ban on openly transgender troops serving in the Armed Forces.
House Resolution 124 states that the House of Representatives:
(1) strongly opposes President Trump’s discriminatory ban on transgender members of the Armed Forces;
(2) rejects the flawed scientific and medical claims upon which it is based; and
(3) strongly urges the Department of Defense to not reinstate President Trump’s ban on transgender members of the Armed Forces and to maintain an inclusive policy allowing qualified transgender Americans to enlist and serve in the Armed Forces.
Every Democratic member of the House who voted supported this resolution, and they were joined by 5 Republicans.
In 2017, President Trump issued a memorandum that prohibited openly transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces. This reversed a 2016 action by the Obama Administration which allowed such individuals to serve. President Trump’s ban has been tied up with legal challenges, although the Supreme Court did rule 5-4 in January to lift one of the injunctions against it.
This resolution does not have the force of law, but it does signal the disagreement of the House of Representatives with the president's action.
Do you think openly transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military?