Haaland displays trans flag outside office after Supreme Court decision on transgender military ban

Haaland displays trans flag outside office after Supreme Court decision on transgender military ban
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Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandOvernight Energy: Trump tweets he's revoking California's tailpipe waiver | Move comes as Trump visits state | California prepares for court fight | Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges lawmakers to listen to scientists Coalition of farmers and ranchers endorses Green New Deal Lawmakers beat reporters in annual spelling bee competition MORE (D-N.M.) said a transgender flag is “proudly” on display outside of her office this week after the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to temporarily enforce restrictions on transgender people who serve in the military.

“The trans flag is displayed proudly outside my office door today,” the freshman lawmaker said in a tweet on Tuesday night.

“#ProtectTransTroops,” she added.

Hours before Haaland’s tweet, the high court ruled in a 5 to 4 vote to lift two injunctions blocking a Trump administration policy that prevents most transgender troops from serving. 

Transgender people have only been openly serving in the military since the Obama administration lifted the previous ban on their service in 2016.

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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women Analysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads Two years after Maria, Puerto Rico awaits disaster funds MORE (D-N.Y.) said she plans to reintroduce legislation to ensure transgender people can enlist in the military.

In a statement on Tuesday, Gillibrand said that transgender troops “are willing to die for this country, they make extraordinary sacrifices for our freedom, and they are unafraid to fight for our most sacred values as Americans.”

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthMissouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers Democrats ignore Asian American and Pacific Islander voters at their peril Republicans grumble over Trump shifting military funds to wall MORE (D-Ill.), an Iraq War veteran, also criticized the Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday.

She blasted the move "disheartening" in a series of tweets and urged the high court to make clear "that this sort of discrimination has no place in our military."