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 HaalandOvernight Energy & Environment — Lummis holds up Biden EPA picks Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden officials announce clean energy plans Biden administration announces actions bolstering clean energy  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 GillibrandDefense bill sets up next fight over military justice  Harry, Meghan push family leave with annual holiday card Overnight Energy & Environment — New York Democrats go after 'peaker' plants 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 DuckworthWe must learn from the Afghanistan experience — starting with the withdrawal As democracy withers, Bob Dole and other American soldiers must be remembered Overnight Defense & National Security — Austin mandates vaccine for Guardsmen 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."