Georgia's own U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter – once concerned with which bathrooms transgender students use – now has a new target for his bigoted angst: transgender members of the military.
The Savannah-area lawmaker, on a town hall tour during the Congressional recess, said sorry not sorry when he agreed with President Donald Trump's desire to ban transgender service members.
Talking over boos, Rep. Buddy Carter says he agrees w Trump's trans military ban. “I don't want 'em serving in the military. I'm sorry.” pic.twitter.com/Os6BYc1SLk
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 9, 2017
That's the same Carter – serving his second term in Congress after years as a state and local lawmaker – that supports the First Amendment Defense Act and fired off a public letter opposing safeguards for transgender students. FADA, introduced in 2015, would offer protections to public employees who oppose gay marriage.
Carter, not surprisingly, has found support among members of Georgia's Republican Congressional delegation. U.S. Sen. David Perdue defended Trump's proposed ban, the Georgia Voice pointed out in its rundown of reaction to Carter's comments. Via Mic:
“I don’t think this is the time to have a social agenda conversation,” Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) said. “I think [Trump] is well within his rights [to impose the ban].”
LGBT Atlanta reacted to Trump's transgender ban with a rally and march in Midtown.