ADDED ON: 11/11/2018

House Democrats Prepare to Battle Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

11/10/2018 | Washington Examiner

President Trump’s push to restrict transgender military service has been quietly working through the courts for months, obscured from the headlines by scores of motions and counter-motions. But it is now poised to burst back onto the public scene. The new Democratic majority in the House has promised to expand LGBT civil rights protections, and Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., indicated transgender military service will be a top priority when he is expected to become the new House Armed Services chairman in January. “We need inclusive armed services that can attract the best, most talented people without arbitrary and discriminatory barriers that narrow the field of people who can serve their country,” Smith wrote in a letter to his caucus announcing his chairman bid on Thursday.

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