On March 28, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a nonbinding resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-implemented policy regarding “transgender” servicemembers.
Scheduled to go into effect on April 12, the new policy does not ban persons identifying as “transgender” from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Rather, it requires a servicemember who joins the Armed Forces after April 12 to conform to physical and grooming standards applicable to his or her biological sex. (Individual servicemembers may apply for waivers of this and other military requirements.) It also allows most “transgender” persons already serving in the Armed Forces to continue to serve in accordance with their preferred gender identities. The policy—which is being challenged in federal court—reverses a reckless and irresponsible “transgender” policy implemented in 2016 under the leadership of then-President Barack Obama. Despite the balanced and careful approach taken by the new policy, its liberal detractors have described it as ignorant, bigoted, unnecessary, and detrimental to national security.
The resolution of disapproval was passed by a vote of 238-185. Five House Republicans joined every House Democrat in voting for the resolution; unfortunately, those five included two New Yorkers: Reps. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Tom Reed (R-Corning). The Republican-led U.S. Senate is not expected to take up the resolution of disapproval.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms continues to support the new policy, which helps to restore truth and sanity regarding matters of gender identity in the U.S. military.