gettyimages 623165932 CT governor directs National Guard to not discriminate against transgender people

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy delivers remarks during the final Joining Forces event in the East Room of the White House November 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn.  — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an executive directing the Connecticut National Guard not to discriminate against transgender people.

The move Wednesday comes as the Democrat condemned President Donald Trump’s plan to ban transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the military.

Malloy calls Trump’s plan “ignorant and profoundly troubling.”

Malloy says he believes any able person who wishes to serve in the military should have that right.

His executive order directs the Connecticut National Guard, the Connecticut Air National Guard and the other armed forces of the state to take no action that discriminates against service members in enlistment, promotion or any other aspect of their service.

The order would be superseded by any federal law, regulation or formal directive from the U.S. Department of Defense.

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