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Re: Trump's lie of the day:


Just in case anyone wondered. The bigots are still out there ...

RNC Votes to Support Trump's Ban on Transgender Military Service Members
Being Trans Is a 'Disqualifying Psychological and Physical' Condition Trump Claims

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Officials of the Republican National Committee voted on Friday to support President Donald Trump's ban on transgender service members in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Committee passed a resolution, the Associated Press reports, to stand by Trump's decision to state being transgender is a "disqualifying psychological and physical" condition, and block transgender people from serving.

"While the resolution states the committee supports Trump’s 'intent and prerogative to strengthen our military with sound personnel policies,' it also urges the Justice Department to seek U.S. Supreme Court action," the AP notes.

Three federal courts have disagreed with the Commander-in-Chief, as have numerous LGBT and civil rights organizations. One court ordered the Pentagon to accept transgender troops beginning January 1.

"Over the last month alone," DNC ­­­LGBTQ Media Director Lucas Acosta said in a statement, "the Trump-Pence administration has rolled back significant protections for the LGBTQ community, ripped apart families, and allowed health care workers to discriminate access to medical care."

"Today, the RNC decided to go even further and pass a hateful resolution, which only serves to subvert and further demean hardworking men and women who want to serve their country in the most honorable way they can. The RNC has proven they are more than willing to deny basic rights to LGBTQ Americans all while accepting money from an accused sexual predator and funneling money to an alleged child molester."

"Every American deserves respect and Democrats will not rest until every American is given the opportunity, respect, and rights they deserve under the Constitution."

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One question - when did this administration start caring about the Constitution?
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Judge: Transgender People A Protected Class, And The Military Can't Enact Trump Ban
"Transgender people have long been forced to live in silence, or to come out and face the threat of overwhelming discrimination,” the judge wrote.

By Ryan J. Reilly

A federal judge late Friday barred the federal government from implementing President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender members of the military, finding that the ban had to be subject to a careful court review before implementation because of the history of discrimination against transgender individuals.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman of the Western District of Washington ruled that transgender people were a protected class and that the injunctions against the implementation of the ban that had been issued in December should remain in place. She wrote that there was a “long and well-recognized” history of discrimination and systemic oppression against transgender people, that discrimination against transgender people was clearly “unrelated to their ability to perform and contribute to society,” that transgender people have immutable characteristics and that they lacked relative political power.

“Transgender people have long been forced to live in silence, or to come out and face the threat of overwhelming discrimination,” Pechman wrote.

“The Court also rules that, because transgender people have long been subjected to systemic oppression and forced to live in silence, they are a protected class. Therefore, any attempt to exclude them from military service will be looked at with the highest level of care, and will be subject to the Court’s ‘strict scrutiny.’ This means that before Defendants can implement the Ban, they must show that it was sincerely motivated by compelling interests, rather than by prejudice or stereotype, and that it is narrowly tailored to achieve those interests,” Pechman wrote.

While Trump had tweeted that he consulted generals and military experts about the ban, Pechman wrote that the government had “failed to identify even one General or military expert he consulted, despite having been ordered to do so repeatedly.”

Noting that Pentagon officials were surprised by the announcement and that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got a heads up only one day beforehand, the judge wrote that she “is led to conclude that the Ban was devised by the President, and the President alone.”

Sharon McGowan, a former top official in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division who now works as director of strategy for Lambda Legal, wrote that Pechman “cut through the nonsense,” recognizing that the plan announced by the military was just a dressed-up version of Trump’s original ban.

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Judge Pechman cut through the nonsense and realized that there was no “new ban” - just the same ole ban w/ some new packaging. Trans discrimination triggers strict scrutiny. Full stop. DOJ gets one last chance to defend policy but make no mistake - this ban is going DOWN! [sign in to see URL]



Read Pechman’s ruling [at source].

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It's probably unfair to say that "the Ban was devised by the President, and the President alone". I'm quite sure that Pence and Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, had a hand in it (or drafted it in its entirety).
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So much for Mattis being anything but a lap dog ...

Memo shows Mattis gave military panel no choice but to uphold ban on transgender service
It really was rigged from the start.

ZACK FORD

A memo written by Defense Secretary James Mattis shows he instructed a military panel to uphold a ban on transgender people serving in the military, and did not suggest the panel should weigh the merits of the ban.

Following a July tweet telegraphing his intentions, President Trump issued an official order dated August 25 implementing a ban on transgender service members. A few days later, Mattis issued a statement indicating he’d received the president’s order and announcing the creation of a panel to develop “a study and implementation plan.”

Most media reports at the time emphasized the “study” aspect of Mattis’ announcement, suggesting that there was a possibility the panel could end up recommending against implementing the ban, depending on the results of that study. But Mattis framed things differently internally.

Mattis sent a two-page memo to top military leaders on September 14, 2017 — made available through one of the lawsuits challenging the ban — in which he laid out his expectations for an “Implementation Plan” for Trump’s order. The document makes clear he directed the panel only to determine how to implement the ban, not if such a ban should be implemented.

Trump’s order to the Department of Defense dictated three different components. It prohibited transgender people from joining the military (the accession policy), prohibited transgender people from remaining in the military after they come out (the retention policy), and prohibited the military from covering the cost of any medical care related to an individual’s gender transition. In addressing each of these prohibitions, Mattis’ memo calls on the panel merely to flesh out how they would apply in practice.

For example, on accessions, the memo’s only instruction to the panel is to determine ...

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