Gay rights group ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Jeb Bush’s comments on transgender troops

The Washington Post
By Ed O’Keefe
June 17, 2015

The leader of a leading organization representing gay, lesbian and transgender military service members says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about comments made by Jeb Bush regarding transgender people serving in uniform.

Campaigning in Iowa on Wednesday, the former Florida governor was asked by a reporter whether he would support allowing transgender people to serve in the military.

“I’m sure there’s a role for everybody to play in the armed forces. I think it would depend on the specific role and whether it’s appropriate enough,” he said. “The first priority for the military is to create an environment where the morale is high, where people are trained and we have the best fighting force. And if you can accommodate that in that kind of environment, I don’t think there’s a problem for it.”

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