Republicans throw support behind President Trump’s ban on transgender troops
The Republican National Committee has thrown its support behind President Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military.
Donald Trump announced on Twitter last year that all transgender servicepeople would be purged from the US armed forces, claiming they were a burden on the military.
The decision was reportedly taken without consultation with military chiefs or legal experts, and the policy has been repeatedly smacked down in the courts.
Transgender people were able to openly join the military from last month, after a court blocked Trump’s ban from coming into effect.
But the controversy and legal action over the policy hasn’t dissuaded the Republicans, who gave the President their backing on the issue.
The Republican National Committee passed a resolution at its annual meeting on Friday, voting to support the President’s policy.
The resolution states that being transgender is “a disqualifying psychological and physical” condition.
Lucas Acosta, LGBTQ Media Director at the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement: “Over the last month alone, the Trump-Pence administration has rolled back significant protections for the LGBTQ community, ripped apart families, and allowed health care workers to discriminate access to medical care.
“Today, the RNC decided to go even further and pass a hateful resolution, which only serves to subvert and further demean hardworking men and women who want to serve their country in the most honorable way they can.
“The RNC has proven they are more than willing to deny basic rights to LGBTQ Americans all while accepting money from an accused sexual predator and funneling money to an alleged child molester.”
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