Attorney General Becerra: We’re Ready to Join Case Defending the Rights of Transgender Individuals Serving in the Military

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

Today Court Granted California’s Motion to Intervene

SACRAMENTO - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement in response to a federal court allowing California to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military:

“Our state is home to more than 130,000 active duty military personnel, in addition to more than 56,000 members of the National Guard and Reserves,” said Attorney General Becerra. “We are ready to get to work to defend the rights of transgender servicemembers and those who seek to enlist in our armed forces. In California, we stand together against discrimination and inequality. We look forward to joining as a co-plaintiff in this critically important lawsuit to defend the rights of Californians against President Trump’s prejudicial and discriminatory agenda.”

BACKGROUND

On November 7, Attorney General Becerra joined Massachusetts and 14 other states in an amicus brief in the case Stockman v. Trump. On November 9, the Attorney General filed a motion to intervene asking a federal court to allow California to join the case as a co-plaintiff.

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