January 22, 2019


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to lift nationwide injunctions halting the implementation of President Trump’s transgender military ban. As chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus’s Transgender Equality Task Force, Kennedy has convened meetings with trans troops and led the response to the President’s policies attacking trans Americans.

“Without caveat or condition, American servicemembers put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe. They all deserve the same loyalty in return. Instead, President Trump’s ban on transgender troops makes a mockery of that sacrifice and a political ploy of something that should supersede party lines — our collective commitment to keep this country safe and free. I’m deeply disappointed in today’s decision. In the weeks and months ahead we will continue to fight this kind of bigotry, from the halls of Congress to the chambers of our justice system and the streets of our communities.”

Kennedy serves as chairman of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. Following the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, he introduced the Do No Harm Act with Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), which would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to preserve civil rights. Last year, Kennedy led nearly 100 colleagues demanding the rejection of a proposed policy by the Department of Health and Human Services to redefine “sex” to exclude the transgender community and deny them basic civil rights protections. 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.


For Immediate Release:
January 22, 2019 

Dan Black (202) 225-5931