The 5 Republicans who voted to condemn Trump's transgender military ban

A handful of GOP lawmakers on Thursday crossed the aisle to vote with Democrats in rejecting the Trump administration's transgender military ban.

The House passed a nonbinding resolution formally condemning the ban in a 238-185 vote.


The administration recently said members of the military will be required to serve as the gender they were assigned at birth starting next month, a move that essentially rolls back the Obama administration’s policy from June 2016.

Here are the five Republicans who bucked party leadership and voted for the resolution:

Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Ensuring quality health care for those with intellectual disabilities and autism House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad MORE (Pa.)

Rep. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthOvernight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran MORE (Ind.)

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Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoRepublicans should get behind the 28th Amendment Student loan borrowers are defaulting yearly — how can we fix it? Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker MORE (N.Y.)

Rep. Tom ReedThomas (Tom) W. ReedRepublicans' rendezvous with reality — their plan is to cut Social Security The Democratic plan for smaller paychecks House passes bill to update tax code to help same-sex married couples MORE (N.Y.)

The resolution — introduced by Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment House passes annual intelligence bill MORE III (D-Mass.) and co-sponsored by Katko — says the House strongly opposes the "discriminatory ban on transgender members of the Armed Forces; rejects the flawed scientific and medical claims upon which it is based; and strongly urges the Department of Defense to not reinstate President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE’s ban on trans­gen­der members of the Armed Forces and to maintain an inclusive policy allowing qualified transgender Americans to enlist and serve in the Armed Forces." 

Katko said he believes those who are willing and able to serve their country should be allowed to do so.

"I just think if someone is able-bodied and able to serve in the military, that's good enough for me. And I think that enough in the military community have said, 'You know, able-bodied transgender people can serve,' " he told The Hill following Thursday's vote.

Hollingsworth, who has previously voted against having the military pay for transition procedures, explained his vote in a statement to The Hill.

“The honor of serving our country and protecting American freedoms should be open to anyone who can pass the physical, psychological, and medical exams,” he said.

Supporters of Trump's decision argue it is not a ban on serving since the administration's new policy will allow transgender people to serve in their biological sex.

The measure passed 238-185, with one Republican, Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump MORE (Mich.), voting present.