(Jan. 22) – In a 5-4 decision, with the conservative members of the Supreme Court siding with the Trump administration, the court temporarily allowed the administration’s misguided ban on transgender Americans serving in the military to go forward.

“Those who currently serve or want to serve in our military and defend our freedoms deserve better. We must recommit ourselves to tearing down barriers and rejecting division,” said Rep. Brianna Titone, D-Arvada. “My colleagues and I will continue to stand with our transgender service members.”

Rep. Titone is the first transgender state lawmaker elected in Colorado history. She serves on the House Rural Affairs and Agriculture Committee and the House Health and Insurance Committee.

In 2017, the Colorado General Assembly’s LGBTQ caucus slammed the President’s tweet saying transgender people would be banned from the United States armed forces and reiterated their opposition today.

“The highest court in the land should not help this administration carry out its divisive agenda. If someone wants to serve in our country’s armed services then that sacrifice should be celebrated, not rejected,” said Rep. Daneya Esgar, co-chair of the LGBTQ caucus. “Recently, we’ve made important progress for our LGBTQ community in Southern Colorado and our state. But we must continue working together to ensure protections against discrimination for all Coloradans.”

Earlier this year, House leaders urged Senator Cory Gardner to oppose the nomination of now Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a key swing vote on the court. The five conservative Justices on the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil Gorsuch and Kavanaugh all sided with the Trump administration in this decision.

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