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Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:52

Transgender military members sue over Trump military ban

Written by  CBS News

NEW YORK — Two LGBT-rights organizations filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump's tweets declaring he wants a ban on transgender people serving in the military.

The suit was filed in U.S.

District Court in Washington on behalf of five transgender service members with nearly 60 years of combined military service.

Transgender people have been allowed to service openly in the military since June 2016. Trump, in a series of tweets on July 26, announced that he planned to end that policy.

The government "will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military," he tweeted, contending that their service entailed "tremendous medical costs and disruption."

The lawsuit, filed by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, says such a ban is unconstitutional, denying transgender service members equal protection and due process.

Dozens hold "Resist" signs near a Times Square military recruitment center to show their anger at Trump's decision to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military on July 26, 2017, in New York. Spencer Platt / Getty Images file

Lawyers handling the lawsuit said they hoped the court would move swiftly to prevent a ban from taking effect, given the uncertainty that transgender service members now face in regard to their livelihoods and retirement benefits.

Read more at CBS News
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They should be suing Obama for ever letting these sickos' into the military.

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dhd1232008 Written by dhd1232008
August 10, 2017
I frankly don't care if transgenders want to dress as the opposite sex or if they want to have elective plastic surgery for gender reassignment, they don't bother me in the least and I will treat them like any other human being. That said, if they do this, it should be on their own dime, the military just can't absorb the cost and the down time for recovery. They will be non deployable until they heal from the surgery,.meanwhile they are being paid for nothing. If you add up the cost of one transgender who joins as a private, getting regular hormone injections and counseling, and then surgery then recovery and has to continue getting hormone injections for the rest of their lives, but militarily they stay for 20 years. Medically, they are non deployable because their is no guarantee that regular hormone shots will be available in the boonies. The expense is just not worth it and it creates problems where none existed. To serve in the military, you conform to the military, the military does not conform to you. Individuality takes away from team work.
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Brad Stewart Written by Brad Stewart
August 10, 2017
You nailed it, dhd.

As a previously commissioned officer, I would not want a person who can't tell his sex by looking in between their legs or who is disgruntle with how "God has wonderfully created" them to fly or maintain a $150,000,000 plane, be my protector during a close-in search-destroy mission or share my sleeping quarters.

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Robert Webster Written by Robert Webster
August 10, 2017
As a previously commissioned officer Bird Col I never in my 26 years questioned anyone about their sexuality I had a Gay athiest Major who worked for me was respected by all the men because he put his life on the line many many times to cover for men under attack. There have been Gay and Transgender in the Military since there was a military, look at during the Civil war how many women dressed as men and enlisted as men and fought right alongside of men in battle. I do think a lot of individuals here are worried about their sexuality, at least a gay or Transgender knows who they want to be, and according to the majority of mental health workers neither being Gay or Transgender is a mental problem they area mentally capable as anyone else who is considered normal.

This is the way to destroy the military. Bringing in those with weak minds, pre-existing psychological conditions (such as Sexual Dysphoria) and other physical and psychological anomalies. Mental and emotional instability has no place in military service.

It is quite simple.

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Joining the military is a serious commitment and those who serve have an extremely responsible job which may put them in stressful and dangerous situations. Politics, Political Correctness and unstableness does not belong in the military. They have a job to do and anything that interferes with doing that job safely and effectively is placing these brave souls in unnecessary and unwanted jeopardy.

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Janet Wheeler Written by Janet Wheeler
August 10, 2017
To Dizzy Lizzy: First of all, thank you for spelling "commitment" correctly. :-) I fully agree with your statement; additionally, I believe many of the "alphabet" people join the military specifically to have their sex changes paid for. I find that disconcerting and frankly, do not want to pay for them. The next thing you know, we'll be paying for breast augmentation; face lifts; and impotence, etc. .
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Men in dresses does not project strength. Women in pants doesn't enhance strength. Military isnt a means to meaningless surgeries for people with mental and emotional illnesses.

They should not be let in and if in retired ASAP.

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Raymond Martucci Written by Raymond Martucci
August 10, 2017
Wonder what they are going to sue for more pacifiers and tutus. Maybe they only get some color sparkles for their efforts on suing

Joining the military is not a 'civil right'. Fat people can't join. Older people cannot join. Pregnant women and single parents cannot join. People on drugs or criminals cannot join. Pre-existing conditions cannot join (which this may be).

The problem here is that a couple thousand people already in the military opted to have the operation, with 6,000 more considering it in the future. If they were 'promised' protection from being booted out, that may be a different story. Maybe they should grandfather those already in, or buy them out? They don't need to add new recruits.

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JayCee Scott Written by JayCee Scott
August 10, 2017
I agree with you and we seem to have a problem with gays and transgenders every which way that we turn. I believe that their "frame of mind" would successfully keep them out of our military. For those already signed up wouldn't it be prudent to "Grandmother" them thru ? To grandfather them will just have them get their panties bunched up in another direction ?

Moosechelle is so happy and proud.....

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Jan Znice Written by Jan Znice
August 10, 2017
There is no other country in the world that allows its military strength to be lowered by LGBT low life people and transgenders who are mentally ill!
We need a strong military. It has been proven units with transgender and women fare far worse than all men fighting units.
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JayCee Scott Written by JayCee Scott
August 10, 2017
European socialists figured out that the only way to defeat American capitalism is from within. Ever since the end of WW II we have had socialists from across the pond come here and slowly undermine our greatness from within the democrat party. Right now George Soros is the man with the money to pay for this invasion yet our government has not had the epiphany to charge him with sedition and confiscate his wealth in order to stop his anti-American attack. He is funding dozens of different groups such as black lives matters, the new black panthers, and countless other groups bent on defeating Americans from inside our country. Ever wonder why there were so many cases of voter fraud ? Soros company builds vote counting machines used in many states. Ever wonder why so many unemployed protesters are always around to riot in our major cities at the drop of a hat. The US needs to investigate Soros and charge him with crimes he is guilty of. Confiscate his American passport and lock him up.
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Barbara DuVall Written by Barbara DuVall
August 10, 2017
I agree with you!
Fred Calim Written by Fred Calim
August 10, 2017
These mentally sick queers, just don't understand that society doesn't want them around. They make trouble in the schools, public restrooms and in general, anywhere they can. If they would just live a life and not get in normal people's faces they would probably be accepted. By pushing their status as being special, they will be laughed at and poked fun at. These creepy people are not 100% joined in the brain. When I was 16, I broke a 21 year old queer's thumb because he advanced on me. Now I wouldn't be so nice to them.

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