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March 19, 2014
Panel Finds ‘No Compelling Reason’ to Exclude Transgendered Soldiers from Military
American Family Association Questions Study’s Findings, Says Lifting Transgender Ban Would Create Confusion and Strife in Armed Forces

A five-member panel is urging the Obama Administration to lift a current ban and allow transgendered soldiers to serve in the U.S. armed forces.

The independent commission, led by a former U.S. surgeon general under President Bill Clinton, last week released a report concluding that there “is no compelling medical reason” for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving. The panel also said the President could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress.

American Family Association (AFA, President Tim Wildmon called into question the study, which was conducted by the pro-gay Palm Center and funded by a billionaire transgendered man who now identifies as a woman. Wildmon said lifting the ban would create unnecessary strife and confusion among troops and would distract soldiers from their very important mission of defending the country.

“This most recent wave in the ongoing tide of political correctness and total inclusion has gone too far,” Wildmon said. “The United States military is not a laboratory for social experiments, and making it one threatens our military’s ability to focus on the job at hand: keeping America safe. Unfortunately, the report’s conclusion is really no surprise, given that it was conducted by an organization that advocates for the gay agenda. With all the stress already facing our troops, using such a questionable study to endorse adding even more stress is both inappropriate and potentially dangerous.

“In fact, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association lists 10 medical reasons why mainstreaming transgenders into the military is not good public policy. According to the GLMA, transgenders are at elevated risk for a host of health problems, including heart attack, stroke, obesity, cancer, STDs, alcohol and substance abuse, depression and anxiety. The military is responsible to fight our wars and protect our security, and military service should be reserved for the healthiest and fittest among us.”

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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.

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