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Gov. Phil Murphy. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Murphy wants to defy Trump transgender military ban

By Nikita Biryukov, May 03 2019 1:18 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy is pushing to stop the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military imposed by President Donald Trump.

“As I have stated before, President Trump’s policy targeting transgender individuals who wish to serve in our military is abhorrent and un-American,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “I am proud to join with Governors in sister states, including California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington, in declaring firm opposition to this policy and announcing my intention to use every option available to allow transgender individuals to serve in the National Guard.”

Murphy called on  state officials to use all available means to ensure transgender individuals can openly serve in the New Jersey Army National Guard.

New Jersey previously filed amicus briefs in Ryan Karnoski v. Trump, a case seeking to overturn the ban.

As of April 12, transgender individuals can be discharged if they come out or are found out, though a small number of transgender servicepeople who transitioned before then have been allowed to continue serving.

“Since the Trump-Pence administration’s ban on transgender service members went into effect last month, this disgraceful policy is already wreaking havoc,” said Christian Fuscarino, executive director for Garden State Equality. “We’ve seen college students lose their military scholarships, countless recruits be turned away, and the jobs and healthcare of nearly 15,000 active and reserve transgender service members at risk of being terminated.”

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