Arizona lawmakers, House split in vote against transgender military ban

By Keerthi Vedantam | Cronkite News

From right, transgender veterans and active-duty soldiers Connie Rice, Army Capt Jennifer Peace, and Ann Murdoch listen as Democratic lawmakers talk about their vote condemning a Trump administration ban on transgender military service.
/Photo by Keerthi Vedantam/Cronkite News

Two days after courts removed the last hurdle to a Trump administration ban on transgender military service, the House voted 238-185 Thursday to condemn the ban – but not block it.

Arizona lawmakers split along party lines, like most of the House, with Democrats supporting the resolution and Republicans backing the ban, which can take effect in as little as two weeks.

That leaves advocates like Capt. Jennifer Peace rushing to get other transgender service members diagnosed before April 12 to be grandfathered in under the current policy, which has allowed them to serve openly since 2016.

“After the Supreme Court stepped in and decided (in January) to allow the ban to go forward, we knew the last injunction would fall at some point,” Peace said of the Maryland injunction on the ban that was lifted Tuesday.


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