After the president announced a ban on transgender service members, Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut signed an executive order reinforcing the state’s nondiscrimination policies within the Connecticut Military Department, NBC News reports.
According to Malloy’s office, the order directs the Connecticut National Guard, the Connecticut Air National Guard and the other armed forces of the state to take no action that discriminates against service members in enlistment, promotion, or any other aspect of their service, on the basis of their gender identity or expression, unless superseded by federal law, regulation, or formal directive from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Calling the ban “ignorant and profoundly troubling,” Malloy said in a statement that “a person’s gender identity or expression has nothing to do with their willingness or ability to defend our nation.”
“Any able person who wishes to serve in the military should have that right—regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression,” he added. “In recent years, our military has made great strides to be more inclusive. The President’s announcement sends a frightening signal to the public that our government condones discrimination and raises serious questions about what other advancements towards inclusion in the military may also be in jeopardy.”
Malloy’s order also directs the Connecticut Military Department to review current and future personnel policies, and any formal directives from the Department of Defense, to ensure that service members are able to serve both the state and the nation, regardless of their gender identity or expression.
Connecticut’s congressional representatives echoed the governor’s sentiment: On Twitter, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut’s 3rd district, declared “Discrimination isn’t patriotic. Members of our armed services deserve better than Pres Trump’s shameful transgender ban.”
Discrimination isn’t patriotic. Members of our armed services deserve better than Pres Trump’s shameful transgender ban.
— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) July 26, 2017
Rep. Joe Courtney calling the president’s 8am tweets “the height of irresponsibility.”
“The president’s statement also flies in the face of the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen, who just yesterday called for equal treatment of qualified and well-trained service members regardless of gender identity,” Courtney added, pointing out that President Truman actually desegregated the U.S. military on this very day in 1947. “This is a nation of laws, not rulers. While the president is the Commander in Chief of the military, military leaders do not serve him alone. They took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution, not any one person.”
Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said he “will work with my colleagues to overturn this hateful policy.”
Anyone who wants to & is qualified to serve in our military should be able to do so, period. Discrimination has no place in our Armed Forces
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 26, 2017