John McCain Co-Sponsors Bill That That Supports Transgender Service Members

Senator John McCain is co-sponsoring a bill that supports transgender service members according to Time Magazine.

Senator John McCain is co-sponsoring a bill that supports transgender service members according to Time Magazine.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is co-sponsoring a new bill in support of transgender people serving in the military after President Donald Trump announced his transgender ban in July. The bipartisan bill, which is also sponsored by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) seeks to prevent the Department of Defense (DOD) from removing current service members solely on the basis of their gender identity.

The proposed legislation does not outright guarantee the enlistment of transgender individuals who wish to serve in the military going forward, but it does require Defense Secretary James Mattis to conduct a study on the "future of recruitment," as McCain put it in a tweet, as well as "express a sense of Congress that individuals who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be eligible to serve," according to a press release.

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