Former Vice President Mike Pence, now a White House hopeful, has resurfaced his vehement opposition to transgender rights by expressing his desire to reinstate the ban on Trans people serving in the US military. Here’s the full story.
In a campaign trip through Iowa, Pence criticized the current policy allowing Trans people to serve openly, citing concerns about unit cohesion.
The Focal Point
During his presidential campaign, Pence intensified his anti-trans rhetoric, leveraging the ban on Trans people serving in the military as a focal point of his platform.
Erodes Unit Cohesion
He said, “We have people of every background, of every race and creed and color and persuasion in the military today. But having transgender personnel, I believe, erodes unit cohesion in a unique way.”
The Past Policies
He echoed the policies implemented during his tenure as Donald Trump’s vice president, attempting to rally conservative support with his divisive stance.
In January 2021, President Joe Biden took swift action upon assuming office, issuing an executive order to overturn the ban on transgender military service.
Trans People Can Join the Military
Subsequently, the Pentagon revised its guidelines to permit Trans individuals to serve and enlist openly in their chosen gender.
Facilities for All
Moreover, the military made provisions to facilitate transitioning while serving, recognizing the importance of inclusivity and equal opportunities within its ranks.
Politically Correct Nonsense
As a response, Pence said, “All this politically correct nonsense at the Pentagon is affecting recruitment in the United States military. We’ve got to get our military back to focusing on being the best-trained and the best-prepared in the world.”
A Burden on the Military
He contends that the provision of gender-affirming treatments or surgeries is a burden on the military and diverts focus from training and preparedness.
Critics argue that these claims are unfounded and discriminatory, highlighting that numerous studies and testimonials from serving Trans individuals demonstrate their capabilities to contribute effectively to military operations without compromising unit cohesion.
Pronouns Shouldn’t Matter!
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “As Pence never served in the military, his thoughts on military personnel means less than nothing.”
Another User wrote, “Look, if people want to go and get shot for their country, it really shouldn’t matter what pronouns they use or identify as.”
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Source: The Pink News