The House Passing Resolution Opposing Military Ban on Transgender People

Military Ban on TransgenderUPDATED: 3/28/19 1:58 PM ET

Early in January, the Supreme Court passed President Trump’s ongoing transgender military ban to take effect, enraging pro LGBT activists that say the ban itself is discriminatory, inhuman, and irrational.

Trump first announced the ban on his Twitter account in July 2017 in which he said the reasoning behind the ban is due to “tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

The policy was then released later by the James Mattis, the previous Secretary of Defense in 2018. The policy’s purpose is to block all individuals who have been medically diagnosed with a condition known as gender dysphoria, preventing them from serving in the military, with limited exceptions. It also states that individuals without this condition may serve. However, only if they do so based on the sex they were assigned at birth.

A resolution was then passed on Thursday by The House of Representatives conveying opposition against the Trump administration’s ban on service members in the military that are transgender.

The resolution “strongly opposes President (Donald) Trump’s discriminatory ban on transgender members of the Armed Forces,” and “rejects the flawed scientific and medical claims upon which it is based.”

Five Republicans voted with Democrats leading to the vote which resulted in 238-185.

The resolution “strongly urges the Department of Defense to not reinstate President Trump’s ban” and “to maintain an inclusive policy allowing qualified transgender Americans to enlist and serve in the Armed Forces.”

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