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Biden Backs Transgender Military Service As US Weighs Policy

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is throwing his unequivocal support behind letting transgender people serve openly in the military, as the Obama administration considers whether and when to lift the longstanding ban.

Biden's declaration at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner Saturday goes further than anything the Obama administration has said before, evoking memories of when Biden outpaced President Barack Obama in endorsing gay marriage.

Although the White House says Obama supports a Pentagon review aimed at ending the ban, neither Obama nor the military has said definitively the policy will change.

Biden is considering running for president. He says transgender rights are "the civil rights issue of our time."

Hillary Rodham Clinton elevated gay rights to the forefront of her presidential campaign in a speech to the group earlier Saturday.

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