(CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) released a statement on Friday as members of Congress were leaving Washington for Christmas which attacked what she called the “Trump Administration’s cruel attacks” on transgenders in the military.
“The Trump Administration’s cruel attacks against our brave transgender servicemembers is a misguided decision fueled by prejudice, not the interests of national security,” Pelosi said. “The White House’s hateful agenda serves only to weaken our military and the nation it defends.”
Pelosi made the remarks in the context of celebrating the seventh anniversary of the end of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which was originally put in place by President Bill Clinton, and which said that overt homosexuals could not serve in the military.
Here is the full text of Pelosi’s statement:
“America has a solemn duty to safeguard the courageous men and women in uniform who defend our freedoms every day. Seven years ago, our nation took a strong, long-overdue step toward honoring the service of our nation’s heroes by repealing the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. In relegating this shameful policy to the dustbin of history, we reaffirmed the core American principle that anyone willing and able to serve and defend this country be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of who they are or whom they love.
“America’s military is strongest when it fully reflects our country’s diversity and ideals. The Trump Administration’s cruel attacks against our brave transgender servicemembers is a misguided decision fueled by prejudice, not the interests of national security. The White House’s hateful agenda serves only to weaken our military and the nation it defends.
“Today, Democrats celebrate the extraordinary advancements made to secure the equality of all LGBT citizens. Yet, more work remains to be done to fully repeal the stain of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and to ensure transgender troops are allowed to serve freely and openly. We will never stop fighting against those who seek to turn back the clock of progress and rip away our nation’s fundamental promise of equality for all.”