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Barack Obama Former President of United States of America

All Americans who are qualified to serve should be able to serve
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Tim Cook CEO at Apple

We are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back
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Sundar Pichai CEO at Google

I am grateful to the transgender members of the military for their service
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Pierre Omidyar Founder at eBay & Omidyar Network

Everyone who takes an oath, puts on a uniform and serves with integrity deserves our gratitude and respect.
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Mark Zuckerberg CEO at Facebook

Everyone should be able to serve their country -- no matter who they are
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Eric Fanning Army secretary at the end of Obama’s term

How does this impact readiness? How many soldiers are not going to be deployable because of medical care that they’re receiving? And RAND’s analysis ― again, before the accession policy was set with the 18-month stability clause ― was that it would be as low as 29 to as high as 129 service members a year that would require medical, surgical treatment for transitioning. I suspect that number’s goi... See More
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Kristin Beck Transgender retired United States Navy SEAL, writer

The money [for transgenders in the army] is negligible, you're talking about .000001% of the military budget.
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Colleen Kollar-Kotelly US District Judge

As a form of government action that classifies people based on their gender identity, and disfavors a class of historically persecuted and politically powerless individuals, the president’s directives are subject to a fairly searching form of scrutiny.
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Ash Carter Former US Secretary of Defense, former Harvard University professor

We must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve. Regulations regarding transgender service members [i.e. banning open transgender individuals from the US army] are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions
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John McCain U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee

When less than 1% of Americans are volunteering to join the military, we should welcome all those who are willing and able to serve our country. Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve -- including those who are transgender.
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American Civil Liberties Union The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, legal and advocacy 501(c)(4) organization. Visit our sit

What the White House has released tonight is transphobia masquerading as policy. This policy is not based on an evaluation of new evidence.
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Sheryl Sandberg American technology executive, activist, and author

We should be grateful for everyone, including those in the transgender community, willing to serve our country
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Canadian Forces The official Twitter page of the Canadian Armed Forces. En français: @ForcesCanada. For DND up

We welcome Canadians of all sexual orientations and gender identities [in the Canadian Forces]
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Andrew Ng Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

Shameful to discriminate against transgendered individuals in the military. Lets all of us work to help any that're affected find new jobs.
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Sarah McBride American activist

There is simply no legitimate reason to forbid willing and able transgender Americans from serving their country.
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Adam Smith Democrat, member of the United States House of Representatives

Trump's announcement "an unwarranted and disgraceful attack on men and women who have been bravely serving their country."
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Joni Ernst American politician

What is most important is making sure service members can meet the physical training standards, and the willingness to defend our freedoms and way of life. While taxpayers shouldn’t cover the costs associated with a gender reassignment surgery, Americans who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be afforded that opportunity
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John M. Richardson Adm. John Richardson is the 31st Chief of Naval Operations. (Following, RTs and links ≠ endors

We treat every one of those sailors regardless with dignity and respect that is warranted by wearing the uniform of the United States Navy. By virtue of that approach, I’m not aware of any issues.
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Kevin Yoder Republican US Representative

In an era where the United States depends on a voluntary fighting force to protect our freedoms, anyone who wants to serve our country should be able to. But I believe taxpayer dollars should not be spent on gender reassignment therapies or surgeries
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Richard V. Spencer Official Twitter account of the 76th Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. Following and R

On a fundamental basis, any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military.
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Alex Burton Commander UK Maritime Forces - Husband, Father, Warrior, Sailor

No, we don't support that ban. I want our military to be completely open. It is right that the military should be equally open to anybody, irrespective of their race, their colour, their gender their sexuality. That is only right.
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Shannon Minter Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Transgender Law and Policy Institute; LGBT

This [court blocking Trump's ban on transgender troops] is a major victory in the litigation and great news for transgender troops, transgender military academy and ROTC students, and transgender people who have been waiting to enlist.


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James Mattis United States Secretary of Defense

On my first day as Secretary of Defense, I wrote, ‘Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future.’ It is imperative we align our actions to our larger mission and that we disaggregate priorities that increase the lethality of our forces from functions that are wasteful and unnecessary
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Elaine Donnelly Founder of the Center for Military Readiness

[Trump] has every right to review, revise, or repeal his predecessor's military transgender policies, which would detract from mission readiness and combat lethality.
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Donald J. Trump President of the USA

Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail
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Sarah Sanders @WhiteHouse Press Secretary. Proud to work for @POTUS. Follow me @PressSec for updates

[Trump's transgender military ban was] developed through extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans.
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Steve King US representative for Iowa

We don’t need to be experimenting with the military. Plus there’s no reason to take on that kind of financial burden
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Rick Perry 14th Secretary of @Energy and former Governor of Texas.

The idea that the American people need to be paying for these types of operations to change your sex is not very wise from a standpoint of economics. I think the president makes some good decisions about making sure that we have a force that is capable
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Rep. Vicky Hartzler Republican U.S. Representative for Missouri's 4th congressional district since 2011

By recruiting and allowing transgender individuals to serve in our military we are subjecting taxpayers to high medical costs including up to $130,000 per transition surgery, lifetime hormone treatments, and additional surgeries to address the high percentage of individuals who experience complications. [...] This is also an issue of fairness. Currently we refuse entrance into our armed forces fo... See More
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American Family Assc US NGO promoting fundamentalist Christian values

AFA applauds President Trump for his courageous decision to end the usage of our military for social engineering and political correctness. American families deserve a military that is focused solely on readiness and national defense
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