Freedom for All Americans praises Pentagon reconsideration of transgender service ban

July 13, 2015 • 6:32 pm

July 13, 2015 | Owen Loftus | [email protected]freedomforallamericans.org

WASHINGTON, DC – Freedom for All Americans today voiced optimism and support in response to reports that the Pentagon is reviewing plans to lift the ban prohibiting transgender Americans from serving their country in the U.S. Armed Forces. According to The Associated Press, the plan, which is expected to be unveiled later this week, will give officials six months to study the impact the change might have on the military.  During this time, no transgender individuals will be allowed to join the military, yet any decision to dismiss a transgender service member will be reviewed by the Dept. of Defense.In a statement to the AP, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, “”we must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so. And we must treat all of our people with the dignity and respect they deserve. Going forward the Department of Defense must and will continue to improve how we do both.”

In June, Carter updated the Military Equal Opportunity program to include sexual orientation as a protected class, but excluded transgender individuals from serving openly.

Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement regarding the Pentagon’s plan:

“Today’s news brings us one step closer to equality in our nation’s Armed Forces, but it’s not the final step.  It is our hope that after this six month period, the Department of Defense will finally allow transgender Americans to serve our nation in uniform. Every capable American deserves the right to serve openly in the military, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign dedicated to ensuring every gay and transgender American is fully protected from discrimination under the law, no matter where they live. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses big and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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