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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 HaalandDeb HaalandBiden rolls out group of deputy secretary nominees Trump sold off the Arctic Refuge — Biden can help save it OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters 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 GillibrandOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: 12 removed from National Guard inauguration security | Austin backs lifting transgender ban Biden Pentagon pick supports lifting transgender military ban Democrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial 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 DuckworthBiden pick for Pentagon cruises through confirmation hearing Senate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act 15 former Defense officials back waiver for Austin to serve as Defense secretary 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."