Bennet opposes the Pentagon's policy banning transgender individuals from joining the military, which took effect last month. Last year, Bennet signed a letter to then-Defense Secretary James Mattis opposing the Trump administration's plans for a transgender military ban. The letter, which was signed by 45 senators, said that "forcing these brave Americans out of our military would be cruel and discriminatory."
The Colorado senator said on his website that he intends to reverse the transgender military ban should he be elected president. He also said more broadly that he intends to "protect all Americans from discrimination, whether based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability." In 2010, Bennet said he supported same-sex marriage but believed it should be decided by the states. In 2012, he voiced his full support for same-sex marriage. Bennet is pro-choice; he won his Senate seat partly by going after his opponent's hard-line stance against abortion.
Correction: It was originally reported that Bennet's father served as a U.S. ambassador; he was an aide to Ambassador Chester Bowles.