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Yarmuth Statement on President Trump's Transgender Military Ban

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) issued the statement below following President Trump’s announcement that he will no longer allow transgender people to serve in the United States Military:

“Today, the President of the United States marked the anniversary of the integration of the U.S. Armed Forces by reintroducing division and discrimination into our military policy and forcing out thousands of Americans who volunteered to protect our country. With his transgender military ban, President Trump is exploiting both the LGBT community and many of our military heroes in an obvious attempt to distract from his flailing, scandal plagued White House. His assertion that the ban will improve military decisiveness is absurd and a weak attempt at justifying discrimination. It has no place in our military or a 21st Century America.”