President Donald Trump reportedly announced his ban on transgender service members following a request by religious hardliner Tony Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council, a far-right Christian organization considered an extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In mid-July, the administration invited religious leaders to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for a day of meetings. Over six hours, there were briefings from White House staff members who also took questions, and notable appearances from high-ranking officials, including the vice president.
Following the meeting, the President banned transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. Military.
At the same meeting, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative religious lobbying group, broached the topic of banning transgender people from the military, Mr. Moore recalled, also adding that some participants disagreed with that stance. Some Republican members of Congress had been pushing for a similar prohibition, pointing to the medical costs of supporting transgender people. Again, within days of the meeting, Mr. Trump took action, announcing his transgender military ban.