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NY Attorney General Lines Up 19 States to Fight Trump on Military Transgenders

© AP Photo / Gerry Broome, FileThis Thursday, May 12, 2016, file photo, shows signage outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. North Carolina is in a legal battle over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate.
This Thursday, May 12, 2016, file photo, shows signage outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. North Carolina is in a legal battle over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate. - Sputnik International
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that a coalition of attorneys general from 19 US states has sent a letter to armed service committees in the Senate and House of Representatives, seeking legislation to stop President Donald Trump from banning transgender individuals in the US military.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A coalition of attorneys general from 19 US states has sent a letter to armed service committees in the Senate and House of Representatives, seeking legislation to stop President Donald Trump from banning transgender individuals in the US military, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced in a press release on Friday.

"Specifically, we ask that you include language in the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act]: (1) prohibiting discrimination against transgender service members currently serving in the United States Armed Forces; and (2) reaffirming that transgender individuals may not be banned from serving in the United States Armed Forces," the letter stated.

The letter was led by Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin and signed by the attorneys general from New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington as well as Washington DC, Schneiderman’s release said.

Trump’s ban on transgender individuals announced via Twitter has yet to change the status of those serving in the military or seeking to enlist because defense officials have not received official word of a policy change.

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