Workplace protections for ‘confused people’ latest item on Obama agenda
The Justice Department will now interpret the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as protecting transgender government employees from discrimination, Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week.
The decision is a reversal of the department’s prior position on the matter.
“This important shift will ensure that the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are extended to those who suffer discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status,” Holder said in a statement. “This will help to foster fair and consistent treatment for all claimants. And it reaffirms the Justice Department’s commitment to protecting the civil rights of all Americans.”
Immediately after the announcement, an activist group called the American Military Partner Association immediately began pushing for an end to the ban on transgenders serving in the military.
“The Supreme Court and the Attorney General have made it clear that workplace discrimination against transgender people is not only wrong, but unlawful,” AMPA President Ashley Broadway said in a statement. “While the Defense Department follows a different set of rules, there is no valid reason that our transgender troops should continue to be prohibited from serving openly and honestly. The ban continues to harm our military families, military readiness and ultimately the mission. The Secretary of Defense should do the right thing and immediately order the review of the current outdated regulations that he said he was open to back in May.”
Retired U.S. Army Col. Bob Maginnis has been directly involved in the debate over “gays” in the military for more 20 years. In 1993, he testified before the Pentagon’s 1993 Military Working Group that eventually adopted the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” approach to the ban on homosexuals in the military. Maginnis also served as a senior adviser to Lt. Gen. John Otjen, the senior member of that working group.
Maginnis told WND this policy would apply to people who have undergone surgery and those simply in conflict over their gender.
“We’re talking about people called transsexuals. In other words, they’ve had sex-change surgery. Others are transvestites, they’re cross-dressers. Others are drag queens and drag kings and people that just cross-dress for the entertainment,” said Maginnis, who believes this is simply the latest item on the agenda for those who succeeded in overturning “Don’t Ask.”
Written by GREG COROMBOS
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