In Bipartisan Vote House of Representatives Rejects Anti-Transgender ProposalBy Adam Polaski • July 14, 2017 • 11:07 am
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday night rejected a discriminatory amendment from Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) that would have banned the Pentagon from covering medically necessary health services for transgender Americans serving in the armed forces. The measure failed, 214-209, after two dozen Republicans refused to offer their support, and following a day of public outcry that saw Capitol switchboards lighting up with calls from concerned constituents.
Kasey Suffredini, Freedom for All Americans’ Acting CEO & President of Strategy, offered the following statement after the vote:
“Members of Congress did the right thing tonight in supporting all of the brave men and women, and their families, who serve our nation. Right now, there are about 15,000 transgender people who are making incredible sacrifices to protect our freedoms. It’s unnerving that there are lawmakers who would actively seek to make life harder and more dangerous for members of our armed forces, but tonightcommon sense prevailed.
Suffredini said: “This is a victory, but in recent weeks we’ve seen barriers thrown up to open service for transgender Americans, and that’s got to change. Transgender service members are making the same sacrifices as their brothers and sisters in arms. They are full of the same pride in our country and commitment to our founding ideals as everyone else. We’ve come a long way in ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and equally in the armed forces, and we shouldn’t for one second let anyone take us backwards.”