On Friday, May 3, Gov. Jared Polis announced that Colorado’s National Guard would refuse to adhere to the national ban on transgender service members in the military, which went into effect on April 12 after a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Five other states — California, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington — have also announced that their National Guard units will not comply with the ban.
Shelby Wieman, Polis’ deputy press secretary, told Colorado Politics on May 3, “The governor believes that excluding perfectly capable service members simply because of their gender identity makes us weaker. He has no intention of enforcing such an archaic rule.”