(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said that she and others were “sickened and saddened” to see President Donald Trump insist on imposing a ban on transgenders serving in the military.
On Tuesday, the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a memorandum that said all persons in the military “will be subject to the standard, requirement, or policy associated with their biological sex.”
Pelosi was speaking at a press conference with Democratic congressional leaders discussing the introduction of H.R. 5, the Equality Act. This bill would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act “to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, federal jury service, public accommodations and the use of federal funds.”
“Our Founders, in their wisdom, wrote in our beautiful preamble to the Constitution ‘the blessings of liberty,’” said Pelosi. “They talked about the blessings of liberty which were to be the birthright of all Americans. That’s why I am especially upset that, last night, we were all sickened and saddened to see the president revive his hateful transgender service ban.
“No one with the strength and bravery to serve in the military should be turned away--turned away--so sad,” she said.
“I had some trans in uniform folks here for the State of the Union Address,” said Pelosi, “and they were so saddened because they have a high percentage of participation in our military, and to have that not get its full respect and, in fact, lessened by the president’s actions--so, we have important work to do in fighting to defeat this disgusting ban and we will succeed.
“While the President betrays our values with his ban, the Congress is bringing our nation closer to equal liberty and justice for all with the Equality Act,” she said.
“Sexual orientation and gender identity deserve full civil rights protections--in the workplace and in every place, education, housing, credit, jury service,” she said. “You want jury service? In public accommodations.
“That is why we are proud to stand with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, many of whom are here with us, Bobby Scott, Sheila Jackson Lee,” she said.