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Governor Brown Dismisses SCOTUS Ruling Enabling Trump's Transgender Military Ban

U.S. Army

Governor Kate Brown is responding to today’s news that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed restrictions on transgender personnel in the military.  

The high court’s decision – on a 5 to 4 vote – grants a stay of two lower court injunctions that had previously blocked the Trump Administration from keeping people who’ve undergone a gender transition from enlisting.

Speaking to reporters at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Governor Brown said the ruling won’t affect her own policy.

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Governor Kate Brown, at the U of O today.

“Not in Oregon," laughed Brown. "I am the commander-in-chief over the Oregon National Guard.  I will continue to welcome all Oregonians that are eligible, and sexual orientation is not a factor.”

The Obama Administration had opened the way for transgender personnel.  But after Trump’s inauguration, the president moved to delay the July 1st, 2017 enlistment date.  Critics sued, and the administration lost early legal battles. But now with the Supreme Court ruling, Trump’s ban on transgender members can take effect.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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