Democrats Urge Mattis to Keep Transgenders in Military

Aug 7, 2017

50 House Democrats signed and sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mattis on Friday. The lawmakers urged the Secretary to not comply with President Trump’s proposed ban on transgenders in the military. "As members of Congress with an abiding interest in our nation's military and its policies towards the LGBTQ community, we write to not only express our strong opposition to President Trump's recent tweets seeking to ban transgender individuals from the military, but to remind you not to comply with any unconstitutional directive which may ultimately be issued," said lawmakers. "We commend the professionalism displayed by the military's leadership in their initial response to President Trump's ill-conceived pronouncement. But as you are no doubt aware, federal court decisions have recognized that under our constitution transgender people are protected against discrimination on the basis of sex – like everyone else – as well as on the basis of their transgender status," continued Democrat lawmakers. The letter comes a day after 17 retired flag officers released their letter to President Trump thanking him for his stand against transgenders in the military. The officers cited the financial cost as well as the time that commanding officers would have to spend integrating transgenders into units.