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Tony Perkins: The Pentagon Isn’t in the Business of Equality

By Tony Perkins | January 22, 2019 | 4:30pm EST
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The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will allow the Trump administration's transgender military policy to go into effect while litigation continues.

It's refreshing to see the U.S. Supreme Court rein in lower court judges who are bent on telling the commander-in-chief how to run the military. Those charged with the difficult and complex work of keeping our nation safe cannot do their job with rogue judges injecting their personal opinions into every social issues case which reaches their courts. With different judges issuing these different opinions all over the country, our nation will quickly become paralyzed. There is a reason the Constitution so clearly explains that the president is the final authority on military policy. The Constitution grants judges no power to divert military resources away from preparing to fight wars and into social engineering.

There are literally hundreds of conditions or physical limitations disqualifying people from military service. Does that make the military exclusionary? Yes. But the Pentagon isn't in the business of equality. It's in the business of fighting and winning wars. Either the military's priority is protecting America – or it's helping people on the path to self-actualization. It can't do both.

The U.S. Supreme Court is right to leave the responsibility for keeping our military strong and country safe where it belongs: with our commander-in-chief.

Tony Perkins is president of the Family Research Council.

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