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APP Applauds SCOTUS Decision Permitting Reversal of Obama Transgender Military Policy

January 22, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to enforce its decision reversing the Obama-era policy to allow individuals with gender dysphoria to serve in the military, while appeals regarding the decision continue in the lower courts.

Terry Schilling, executive director at American Principles Project, released the following statement praising the Supreme Court’s decision:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for the rule of law and a victory for the U.S. Constitution.

“In 2016, it became very clear that President Obama prioritized his social engineering agenda over the well-being and security of our nation, and his military policy was no exception. The Pentagon has no business using our precious tax dollars allocated to defending our nation for funding sex-change hormone treatments and surgeries.

“For this reason, we are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Pentagon to continue improving military policy after the disastrous Obama years. There seems to always be an activist judge willing to invent grounds to strike down any executive action taken by President Trump, but as Commander-in-Chief, the President has the duty — and the constitutional authority — to defend our military from progressive social experimentation, ensure military readiness, and safeguard morale.

“As the D.C. Circuit federal court of appeals recently clarified, this is not a widespread ban on individuals based on their identity. The military must have consistent readiness standards that protect the safety of our troops, as well as policies that take into account the privacy and safety of the thousands of women serving our country. Making exceptions for costly medical treatments in the field do not serve that purpose, nor does giving biological males the ‘right’ to women’s private spaces. Finally, President Trump can restore some sanity to one area of federal policy.”

To schedule an interview with Terry Schilling, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.


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