Air Force chief suggests transgender ban may eventually be lifted

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December 10, 2014

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James indicated Wednesday that she was open to reviewing the military’s ban on transgender service members.

“From my point of view, anyone who is capable of accomplishing the job should be able to serve,” James told USA Today’s Susan Page. “And so I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t come under review.”

James’s remarks suggest that momentum is once again building for the military to do away with its transgender ban, which remains in place even though gays have been permitted to serve openly since 2011. Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and White House officials had expressed an openness to reconsidering the policy earlier this year, but many advocates said progress within the Pentagon appeared to stall this fall.

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