KENNEDY STATEMENT ON ANTI-TRANSGENDER AMENDMENT
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, today released the following statement after House Republican Leadership allowed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would deny medically necessary health care to transgender service members.
“Bigotry is the last thing this country should offer any brave man or woman who volunteers to defend us,” said Congressman Kennedy. “By inserting Congress into the personal medical decisions of certain service members, this amendment tells thousands of Americans willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice that they are not entitled to the same rights as the soldier they stand next to. Transgender Americans, in uniform or not, deserve better than this hateful amendment from those elected to represent them.”
Kennedy serves as chairman of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. He was a vocal supporter of Massachusetts' transgender non-discrimination bill, appearing in-person at the State House to testify in support of its passage. Later today, he will re-introduce the Do No Harm Act with Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), which would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to preserve civil rights. He has been a proud co-sponsor of major equality legislation, from the Equality Act to the Global Respect Act to the Student Non-Discrimination Act.