The Republican Party is standing by President Trump’s ban on transgender service members. At a meeting on Friday, the Republican National Committee approved a resolution calling being trans “a disqualifying psychological and physical” condition that should prevent someone from enlisting in the Armed Forces.
The resolution praised Trump’s now-thwarted policy as an “intent and prerogative to strengthen our military with sound personnel policies” and called on the Justice Department to bring the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Pentagon is currently reviewing its recruitment policy, with a recommendation expected by February 21.
President Trump first announced the ban in a series of tweets last July, citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
Since then three federal courts have struck down the ban and the military began welcoming trans recruits as of January 1. The White House says it won’t challenge those rulings, but it may explore other ways of blocking trans people from enlisting in the future.
“Over the last month alone, 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,” said Lucas Acosta, LGBTQ Media Director for the Democratic National Committee.
Acosta called the resolution “hateful, claiming it “only serves to subvert and further demean hardworking men and women who want to serve their country in the most honorable way they can.”
Not all Republicans stand with the president, though: Senators Joni Ernst of Iowa and John McCain of Arizona, both decorated veterans, oppose the ban.