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Supreme Court revives transgender military ban; Iowa LGBTQ group protests


This news story was published on January 23, 2019.
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DES MOINES — Tuesday, the Supreme Court reinstated the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender military service members by lifting two lower court injunctions that had blocked the president’s policy from taking effect. Legal challenges to the ban will continue in the federal courts.

The vote was 5 to 4, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissenting.

One Iowa is a statewide LGBTQ organization working to preserve and advance the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) Iowans through grassroots efforts, education and advocacy. Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel issued the following statement condemning the Supreme Court’s decision:

“Lifting the injunctions on this discriminatory ban – even temporarily – is a slap in the face of the brave transgender service members and veterans who have served and are serving our country. Anyone who meets military standards should be able to serve, and transgender service members seek only to be evaluated on the same standards as anyone else.

According to studies by the Williams Institute and the Veterans Health Administration, transgender people are far more likely to serve in the military than the general population. Transgender people have served the United States with honor, and transgender recruits have demonstrated their fitness to serve. They deserve our respect and gratitude, not this cruel ban.

The military’s own research has shown that this ban would weaken our armed forces. It means losing qualified, trained service members and depriving the military of qualified recruits at a time when enlistment numbers are low.

This ban is based on discrimination, not facts. Multiple courts have recognized this, and the Supreme Court of the United States should be one of them.”

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26 Responses to Supreme Court revives transgender military ban; Iowa LGBTQ group protests

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    who will they protest too when we have shariah law ? They’ll be the first to go. Off a roof.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 25, 2019 at 7:41 am

      won’t that be fun to watch!
      Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 26, 2019 at 6:57 am

      Old al franken and his MinniSoda mooslems can toss’em off the catwalk inside the viqueen stadium and charge admission.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    They could be stress relievers for the men – save going into Waynesville .

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2019 at 11:19 am

    I think they could be cooks – band members ETC? Leave the fighting to the M A G A s.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 24, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      I bet Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn) could kick your add!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 24, 2019 at 5:42 pm

        Not anymore , now he even drives like a woman .

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Those people are mentally ill and do not belong in the military.

    • JH Reply Report comment

      January 23, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      That is such an uninformed comment. Try learning about something before sharing your ignorant thoughts on it.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 24, 2019 at 7:40 am

        You are full of crap. They are mentally ill and most reputable doctors will tell you that.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 24, 2019 at 7:41 am

        Anyone who thinks being gay or a trany is normal is crazy themselves.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 24, 2019 at 4:45 am

      You are right.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 24, 2019 at 10:27 am

      You are right they need help.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 24, 2019 at 11:31 am

        Be that as it may, but does it actually make them unfit to serve?

        • Gomer Reply Report comment

          January 24, 2019 at 4:22 pm

          Serve? How would you like it if while in the shower, you noticed someone watching you licking their lips?

          • Anonymous

            January 24, 2019 at 5:12 pm

            I’d think it was funny, but not really surprising, as I get that reaction from a lot of people. Mostly women of course but occasionally guys too. Maybe its different for an insecure little guy who would feel threatened, but in that case maybe you shouldn’t be in the armed forces in the first place?

          • Anonymous

            January 24, 2019 at 5:17 pm

            Is that how you react if you see someone of the opposite gender who is attractive? Does your tongue hang out, do you start panting, do you get a boner? If you do, you need to see a doctor, preferably a psychiatrist.

          • Gomer

            January 24, 2019 at 5:20 pm

            I really doubt that you get that reaction from any real men, or women. Maybe some drunk after midnight in a local dive. Other then that, your just fantasizing. Wishing, Hoping, Dreaming.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 24, 2019 at 5:33 pm

          Give it up Gomer, you got burned and burned bad by Anonymous Seems to me you got your feelings hurt there.
          Well sometimes the truth hurts little fella.
          Hahahahaha

          • Gomer

            January 24, 2019 at 6:24 pm

            Don’t worry about me, I don’t have feelings that get hurt. Words don’t hurt me, and neither do the homo’s that utter them. You butt buddies really stick together, like Siamese twins.

          • Anonymous

            January 24, 2019 at 7:13 pm

            Hey Gomer, bend over Anonymous is driving
            Hahahahaha

          • Anonymous

            January 24, 2019 at 9:53 pm

            Hey Gomer I can give you the number of a good psychiatrist. Maybe he can get you in soon.

          • Anonymous

            January 25, 2019 at 7:45 am

            Anonymous

            January 24, 2019 at 9:53 pm
            Hey Gomer I can give you the number of a good psychiatrist. Maybe he can get you in soon.

            It’s obvious he couldn’t help you.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 24, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      Religious people are also mentally ill. Take a look at the reasons behind a bunch of the mass shootings. Stems from religious beliefs. So if any group of people is mentally ill, its those who feel their sky wizard daddy told them to hate you.