While Tuesday meant champagne for some, thanks to the unveiling of the 2019 Oscar nominations, it was a disappointing day for many who were paying attention to what was going on in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of allowing the Trump administration’s partial ban on transgender people serving in the military to continue, while challenges to the policy move through the lower courts.
Sarah Silverman, Josh Gad, politicians and others quickly made their disapproval known, as “Supreme Court” trended on Twitter.
Make no mistake. This is a dark day 4 our country. When able bodied & brave Americans r told they can’t serve because of their orientation, that is not progress. That is bigotry at its worst. Our highest court is supposed to protect Americans. Not service the whims of a despot.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 22, 2019
I’m thinking about our transgender soldiers and military Service people who deserve dignity Respect and recognition. As do all… https://t.co/POt4RdMgB5
— Peppermint (@Peppermint247) January 22, 2019
Today’s SCOTUS decision permitting the Trump administration to continue its ban on trans servicemembers while the litigation is pending is a travesty of justice and a blow to the heart of all notions of equality and fairness.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 22, 2019
Just the beginning of the devastating real world effects of Kavanaugh in that seat. This is how it all starts to unravel. https://t.co/bZqpfKag7g
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) January 22, 2019
— Candis Cayne (@candiscayne) January 22, 2019
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) January 22, 2019
Supreme Court Revives Ban on Transgender Military Service despite the fact that “The government has presented no evidence that their doing so harms military readiness, effectiveness or lethality,” https://t.co/GBhzN6z57i
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 22, 2019
Transgender military members have the courage to serve our country and deserve to do so. We have to fight back to reverse this. https://t.co/ln495C3RUR
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 22, 2019
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 22, 2019
Outrageous. Trans Americans who have put their lives on the line to defend our country will be restricted from military service by this administration. There is no basis for this other than ignorance and cruelty. https://t.co/CXApaZflYJ
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 22, 2019
With this ban, the Trump Administration created a dangerous environment for trans service members and are weakening the strength of our military and setting a dangerous precedent.https://t.co/AIX9ltCpzw
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 22, 2019
Trump initially announced that he intended to ban transgender people from serving in the military, claiming that they caused “tremendous medical costs and disruption” in a July 2017 tweet.
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