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Mayor Faulconer speaks out against trans military ban

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer supports transgender servicemembers in the military.
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San Diego has the biggest military population in California. And with President Trump’s proclamation today about not allowing transgender personnel to serve in the armed forces,  many local officials spoke up in opposition.

Trump's statement cited the reason for the ban as financial, he also said branches did not need the “disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer (R) released a statement to San Diego Gay and Lesbian News about Trump’s announcement, saying service to the country should be available to all who qualify.

“In San Diego, we are proud of our military, our diversity, and salute all who answer the call to duty.

Any American who wants to serve and meets readiness standards should be able to, regardless of gender identity.”

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer

Mayor Faulconer is responsible for the eighth largest city in the country and as a Republican has often had to speak on issues of which Donald Trump advocates.

In January, when Trump announced in an executive order that a wall would be built in the southwestern part of the United States, Faulconer spoke out in defense of cross-border commerce. 

“We already have a safe and secure border in San Diego built by the federal government,” the mayor said. “But we also have strong economic and cultural binational ties that have my unwavering support. Keeping trade moving in both directions safely and securely is important to San Diego’s economy and helps create local jobs.”