‘We’re not interested in auditing any individual’s fitness to serve on the basis of gender identity…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) At least three states have said they will not enforce President Donald Trump’s military transgender ban in their National Guards.
The policy was reinstated two weeks ago after an earlier injunction effort failed in the courts.
On Tuesday, Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak joined California and New Mexico in opposing it, calling the policy “discriminatory.”
“The State of Nevada does not discriminate against anyone, including and especially service members, based on gender identity or expression,” Helen Kalla, communications director for Sisolak, told the Daily Beast.
“Governor Sisolak believes the only criteria to serve in the Nevada National Guard is one’s readiness to serve,” Kalla said.
Both the California and New Mexico national guards have said they will continue to include transgender troops.
Maj. Gen. Matthew Beavers of the California National Guard told The Hill that gender identity was the least of its concerns.
“Every transgendered soldier or airmen currently serving in the California National Guard will remain in our ranks,” he said.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham followed suit and confirmed to local TV station KOB4 that Trump’s transgender ban will not apply to the state’s armed troops.
“We’re not interested in auditing any individual’s fitness to serve on the basis of gender identity,” Lujan Grisham’s communications director Tripp Stelnicki told the Daily Beast.
Several more states have vocally opposed Trump’s transgender ban, though they haven’t said whether they’ll buck against its intention as well.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown told the Daily Beast that she is “appalled that the Supreme Court is delivering an intentional blow to civil rights by supporting a push from the Trump administration to bar transgender people from serving in the military.”
And a spokesperson for Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said he will stand “in solidarity with transgender Americans across the country in opposing this policy and won’t stop fighting until it is defeated.”