Nine­teen U.S. at­tor­neys gen­eral seek mil­i­tary trans­gen­der pro­tec­tions

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

HONOLULU — The top le­gal of­fi­cers in 18 states and the Dis­trict of Columbia have asked Congress to pass leg­is­la­tion pro­hibit­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion against trans­gen­der ser­vice mem­bers.

Hawaii At­tor­ney Gen­eral Dou­glas Chin sent the let­ter dated Thurs­day in re­sponse to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s an­nounce­ment, via Twit­ter a day ear­lier, that he would ban trans­gen­der peo­ple in the mil­i­tary.

The let­ter asks the chairs and rank­ing mem­bers of the House and Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices com­mit­tees to reaf­firm in leg­is­la­tion that trans­gen­der peo­ple may not be banned from serv­ing in the mil­i­tary.

It urges law­mak­ers to in­clude trans­gen­der pro­tec­tions in the Na­tional De­fense Au­tho­riza­tion Act. Eigh­teen other at­tor­neys gen­eral, who like Chin are all Democrats, also signed the doc­u­ment.

The pres­i­dent’s po­si­tion would put in place a pol­icy that “vi­o­lates fun­da­men­tal con­sti­tu­tional and Amer­i­can val­ues,” the at­tor­neys gen­eral said.

“The new ban harms our states’ trans­gen­der res­i­dents and marginal­izes an en­tire group of peo­ple based solely on gen­der iden­tity,” the let­ter said.

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