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. FitzpatrickGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment GOP lawmakers introduce resolution to censure Trump over Capitol riot Kinzinger says he'll vote to impeach Trump MORE (Pa.)

Rep. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump campaign tweet of Biden clip as manipulated media | Democrats demand in-person election security briefings resume | Proposed rules to protect power grid raise concerns Lawmakers call for bipartisan push to support scientific research The Hill's 12:30 Report: Presidential race tightens in key states MORE (Ind.)

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Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoNY Republican says cybersecurity will be a high priority for Homeland Security panel Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? MORE (N.Y.)

Rep. Tom ReedTom ReedThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House moves toward second impeachment LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to impeach Trump after Capitol insurrection GOP lawmakers introduce resolution to censure Trump over Capitol riot MORE (N.Y.)

The resolution — introduced by Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker Government spending bill to include bipartisan energy provisions 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 TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit 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 AmashRepublicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Michigan GOP lawmaker says he's 'strongly considering' impeachment Newly sworn in Republican House member after Capitol riot: 'I regret not bringing my gun to D.C.' MORE (Mich.), voting present.