In response to President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military, Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following response:

“President Trump’s outrageous and bigoted ban on transgender people in the military is a gift to the Religious Right and an affront to the Constitution. Thousands of transgender Americans serve admirably in our nation’s armed services. The President’s announcement is a cruel and gratuitous attack on these service members who want nothing more than an equal opportunity to serve their country.

“President Trump has demonstrated yet again that when he carries water for the Religious Right, our civil rights and liberties pay the price. For the nation’s sake, President Trump needs to stop imposing new ‘bans’ on vulnerable minority groups and instead get his own affairs in order.”

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