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Transgender veteran speaks out against military ban

KEZI spoke with Seda Collier who said the Supreme Court decision was disappointing.

Posted: Jan 22, 2019 6:27 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2019 6:39 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- After the Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump's transgender military ban to go into effect on Tuesday, a transgender veteran living in Eugene is speaking out.

Seda Collier told KEZI 9 News the Supreme Court decision was disappointing.

Collier served in the Marine Corps for four years between 1979 to 1983. She said she joined the military to feel more like a man and to serve her country.

Through her time in the military, Collier said she had some ups and downs, but she said she doesn't regret her service.

However, Collier said Tuesday's decision is blatantly discriminatory against the LGBT community.

"They're not relying on the military personnel, on trusting them to do the right thing," Collier said. "They're creating a blanket restriction for a whole group of people regardless of whether they are the best people for the job."

READ MORE: Supreme Court allows transgender military ban to go into effect

The Justices did not rule on the merits of the case but will allow the ban to go forward while the lower courts work through it. The policy, which was first announced in July 2017, blocks trans individuals from serving with limited exceptions.

According to government data, nearly 9,000 service members identified as transgender in 2016.

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