Sen. Cory Booker Vows That as Commander in Chief He Will Put Transgenders in the Military Staff
By Staff | March 18, 2019 | 3:17 PM EDT

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( - Sen. Cory Booker vowed on Sunday that if he is elected president he will put transgenders into the United States military.

Booker was speaking at an event in Davenport, Iowa, and was asked by an individual in the crowd about “LGBTQ rights.”

The Associated Press reported the exchange as follows:

“Speaking to a crowd of more than 300 voters in Davenport, the New Jersey senator answered a question posed by a woman who identified herself as transgender about what he would do to protect LGBTQ rights as president.

“‘When I am president of the United States, right away I will end this ridiculous, insulting, un-American ban on transgender Americans serving in the military,’ he said to cheers from the crowd.”

On March 12, Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist issued a memorandum stating that all transgenders in the military would need to meet the standards associated with their biological sex.

The memorandum said:

“Except where a provision of policy has granted an exception, transgender Service members or applicants for accession to the Military Services must be subject to the same standards as all other persons.

--When a standard, requirement, or policy depends on whether the individual is male or female (e.g. medical fitness for duty; physical fitness and body fat standards; berthing, bathroom, and shower facilities; and uniform and grooming standards), all persons will be subject to the standard, requirement, or policy associated with their biological sex.”


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