Just two weeks before a part of it would go into effect, the House of Representatives has voted to condemn President Donald Trump’s proposal to ban transgender men and women from serving in the military.
The resolution urges the Department of Defense to not reinstate President Trump’s ban to maintain an inclusive policy allowing qualified transgender Americans to enlist and serve in the Armed Forces.
It passed 238 to 185.
“We believe the policy that the Pentagon is putting forward is unfair based on ignorance and bigotry and will actually harm national security,” said Rep. Adam Smith.
Both Fil-Am Congressmen, Rep. TJ Cox and Rep. Bobby Scott, voted in favor of the bill.
Scott showed on Twitter that he was had placed the transgender flag outside his office in honor of Transvisibility Week.
Republican lawmakers argued that the policy does not bar transgender men and women from serving in the military.
“The policy is not a ban and it allows transgender service members to serve in their biological sex. The Mattis policy does not kick anyone out of the military for being transgender nor does it give anyone preferential treatment to transgender persons.
In 2017, President Trump announced on Twitter that transgender service members would be banned from the military, saying that their health care costs are a burden.
The ban had undergone injuctions and studies. However, a federal appeals court this week listed the injunction allowing the ban to go into effect on April 12th.
Last month, Philippine-born US Navy Veteran Akira Wyatt testified on Capitol Hill to the armed services committee about their service, and the effects that the ban had on them.
She’s one of the estimated 15,000 US military personnel that identify as trans — this latest resolution is a non-binding measure will not completely stop the ban.
On its Facebook page, Transgender military advocacy group SPARTA said after watching the House recognize the contributions of transgender soldiers, they are hopeful for the U.S. Senate to recognize those same contributions — and that once again transgender people are able to wear the sacred cloth of our nation, receive medically necessary care, and be in position to continue their distinguished service as proud, proficient warfighters.”