UPDATE (6:10 p.m.) – Local LGBT rights groups spoke out Wednesday against President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military.
Jen Anderson, with the Lansing Association for Human Rights, said the ban would be a leap backwards for transgender equality.
“To say that it’s too expensive to treat soldiers, regardless of who they are is completely dehumanizing and frankly it’s like saying they shouldn’t have a right to exist,” Anderson said.
6 News also spoke with Cooley Law School Associate Dean Michael McDaniel about the President’s tweets. McDaniel said he isn’t sure the ban will even happen.
“I don’t think there’s any question it’s unconstitutional,” McDaniel said. “We went through this first with women in the military, we went through this second with gays in the military and so we’re dealing with the same issue.”
McDaniel served in the military for more than 27 years, and said everyone should be able to serve their country.
“The only thing that matters is the color of the uniform, the gender doesn’t matter the race doesn’t matter, the sex doesn’t matter, all we want is people who are capable to serve that have our back and if they do so we want them to serve with us.”
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. armed forces.
Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that after consulting with “Generals and military experts,” that the government “will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
Trump added that “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
Transgender service members have been able to serve openly in the military since last year, when former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban.
Military chiefs recently announced a delay on allowing transgender people from enlisting. But transgender troops are already serving openly in the military.