US Military

Trump Administration To Introduce A New Transgender Military Policy

It seems plans are underway by the Trump Administration to introduce a new transgender military policy on February 21.

It was US District Judge Marvin Garbis who started this story after noticing it in an order that was filed on Tuesday (February 6).

The political whispering and rumors spreading around this date are backed by the fact that Trump’s initial ban asked the defense secretary to submit a plan for implementing the ban by February 21.

This impending policy comes even though the initial memo to ban transgender service people was greatly disputed by multiple court cases.

For instance, US Federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote that the US military was to ignore Trump’s ban. Because of that, transgender service people were allowed back into the military at the start of this year (January 1, 2018.

Unfortunately, we do not know what the new policy will entail, and sadly we just have to wait and see.

That said, Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesperson, told BuzzFeed News that the Pentagon would be giving Trump and co. recommendations on how to proceed. Hopefully, they can influence President Trump into the right direction.

Air Force Punished A Colonel For Refusing To Affirm A Gay Marriage

Col. Leland Bohannon was on the verge of being promoted to a one-star general but it seems that those plans are now on the backburner.

Bohannon has been suspended from command and orders came down to prohibit him from being promoted.

The reason? Last May the colonel declined to sign a certificate of spouse appreciation for a retiring master sergeant’s same-sex spouse. To do so, he would have to go against his religious beliefs.

Now, it looks like not doing so may have ruined his career.

“His career is likely over and he will likely have to retire as a colonel instead of as a general,” Michael Berry, First Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry, a prominent religious liberty law film that’s representing Bohannon, told the Todd Starnes Show.

“This sends a clear message - if you do not have the politically correct viewpoint, you are not welcome in the military,” Berry said. “The military is no longer a place of diversity and inclusion if you are a person who holds to a traditional belief on marriage.”

Keep in mind that even though Col. Leland Bohannon didn’t personally sign the certificate, he made sure that a two-star general did.

“(The colonel) went out of his way to make sure his Airman was accommodated,” Berry told the Todd Starnes Show.

In addition, the First Liberty Institute is arguing that there is no Air Force Instruction requiring a commander to personally sign a spouse certificate yet, the airman alleged that the colonel had “unlawfully discriminated against him on the basis of his sexual orientation” and the EO investigator agreed.

Bohannon and First Liberty Institute are urging the Air Force to reconsider.