NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Local LGBT activists are responding to Tueday’s Supreme Court decison that allows the military to go ahead with a ban on transgender men and women in the military.
“I feel like the decision rejects their patriotism and almost their humanity that they’re not good enough to serve, and we’ve been down that road already,” said LGBT Life Center Chief Development Officer Christopher Reybrouch.
Reybrouck is disappointed in the decision, a 5-4 split with conservatives in the majority.
He asked, “Since January 2018 new transgender military recruits have been enlisted – does that halt today?”
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10 On Your Side reached out to the Department of Defense for answers and received a statement:
“The Department is pleased with the orders issued by the Supreme Court today. We will continue to work with the Department of Justice regarding next steps in the pending lawsuits. As always, we treat all transgender persons with respect and dignity. DoD’s proposed policy is NOT a ban on service by transgender persons. It is critical that DoD be permitted to implement personnel policies that it determines are necessary to ensure the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world. DoD’s proposed policy is based on professional military judgment and will ensure that the U.S. Armed Forces remain the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world.”
Lt. Col. Carla M. Gleason
Defense Press Operations
The ban announced by President Trump via Twitter in the summer of 2017 would allow transgenders to serve only in their “biological sex.” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the policy last spring.
The Supreme Court did not agree to take on any challenges to the ban while lower courts work through them. Even though the trans community wants clarity, Reybrouch said with a conservative court, they may be better off waiting.