Congressman Pappas's statement on SCOTUS decision to allow transgender military ban to take effect

January 22, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 along partisan lines to allow President Trump's transgender military service ban to take effect while a lower court case proceeds. A study conducted by UCLA in 2014 showed that there are more than 15,000 transgender active duty, reserve, or National Guard military service members and more than 134,000 transgender veterans in the United States. Chris is one of 10 LGBTQ members of Congress, the largest group in history. He is the first ever openly gay member of Congress from New Hampshire.

Congressman Chris Pappas issued the following statement:

"This backward decision is a blow to the rights and dignity of thousands of transgender service members who put their lives on the line every single day to defend our country. The transgender military service ban makes us less safe and politicizes our military. I am thoroughly disappointed that the Court allowed the ban to go into effect.

Today's decision is a sobering reminder of the work ahead of us to protect LGBTQ rights and demand full equality. This ruling also underscores the importance of enacting comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation, which is why one of my top priorities is passing the Equality Act. I'm proud to be part of the most diverse freshman class in the history of Congress, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to implement inclusive policies that allow all Americans to achieve their full potential.”