So today, sexual orientation is no longer grounds for dismissal from the military, and the federal government—including the Department of Defense—now recognizes same-sex spouses for the purpose of federal benefits.
However, the repeal of DADT and the Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA do not mean the end of discrimination for the LGBT Americans who serve in our nation’s military.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Trump's announcement was "a military decision" and was "not meant to be anything more than that," adding that that the president's administration believed the decision reached last year by the Obama administration "erodes military readiness and unit cohesion."Sanders, taking questions at her daily press briefing, did not provide any information on how or when the Pentagon and White House would begin implementing the new ban.
When asked how the administration would deal with transgender troops currently serving and who are already deployed in far-flung places like Afghanistan, Sanders said only that the "implementation is something that the Department of Defense and the White House have to work together to lawfully determine.""I imagine the Department of Defense will be the lead on this," she said.
In the year since the ban was repealed, roughly 250 service members have applied to change their gender in the military's personnel system, Pentagon officials told the Associated Press in June.
We stand with these patriots," tweeted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N. Other Democrats drew attention to the fact that Trump's tweets came on the 69th of former President Harry Truman’s executive order to desegregate the U. "President Trump recognizes what the nation's military leadership and the American people realize, this Obama policy makes no sense."Sen. Y., said she would "introduce legislation and will fight to overturn this discriminatory decision," while Sen.
Ron Wyden, D-Ore., took issue with Trump using Twitter to make sure an important announcement, slamming the president for "making national security policy by tweet."Carter, the former defense secretary, also weighed in, saying that "to choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military.""Quality people in uniform are what make our military the finest fighting force the world has ever seen," Carter added.
Earlier versions of legislation to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell not only struck down the 1993 law but also called for a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the military to replace it; the bill that Congress passed and that President Barack Obama signed into law included no such language.
As a result, LGBT service members are not a protected class under the military’s Equal Opportunity policy, which protects service members from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion, and creates a clear pathway for recourse outside of the chain of command."While she believes taxpayers shouldn't cover the costs associated with a gender reassignment surgery, Americans who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be afforded that opportunity."Sen.