Kenyatta denounces Supreme Court decision

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., responded to the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban to go into effect.

“Anyone who is brave and selfless enough to want to serve this country in uniform should be allowed to serve,” Kenyatta said. “This is absurd and hateful. The Supreme Court has made a serious mistake in this ruling. The simple truth is that the Trump administration wants to encourage discrimination against trans people every chance it has to do so. I want to make it clear, I oppose these efforts to erase and target trans people.”

The policy officially blocks people who have been diagnosed with a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving with limited exceptions. It also specifies that those without the condition can serve, but must do so according to the sex they were assigned at birth.

LGBTQ activists have called the ban cruel and irrational. Four liberal justices on the court objected to the ruling.

While the court is allowing the ban to move forward, it has said that it will not hear arguments on the matter, allowing for this issue to be played out in lower courts.

According to government records in 2016, approximately 8,980 service members identified as transgender.