Haaland Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Banning Transgender Individuals from Military Service

January 22, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Supreme Court allowed the administration’s order to bar transgender people from serving in the military to continue:

“Transgender people have proudly and openly served our country for the past several years.  Yet, equality is continuously under attack by this administration. Today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold this irrational ban is devastating for the transgender service members and enables blatant discrimination against transgender service members. 

“Preventing people from devoting their lives to their country simply due to their gender identity is a cruel affront on American values. I am incredibly disappointed by the Supreme Court’s refusal to uphold the rights of the transgender community. This irrational ban distracts from service, does nothing to promote military readiness, and directly opposes the American belief in coming together to support our country regardless of background.”