Federal Court Blocks Trump's Transgender Military Ban

Federal judge blocks part of Trump transgender military ban

A federal judge on Monday partially blocked President Trump's ban on transgender recruits to the military.

U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a preliminary injunction against a proposal from the Trump administration that would have barred transgender persons from joining the military and would have forced now serving transgender troops to be discharged.

"Thousands of transgender troops now serve in the USA military and thousands more have served and given their lives for the country throughout our history", the commission said in a statement. Transgender individuals were to be allowed to enlist in the military effective January 1, 2018. Under President Barack Obama, that policy was changed to allow transgender service members.

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Trump's memo, which he formally issued in August, not only banned new transgender recruits from joining the military, but it also issued guidance instructing the Pentagon not to pay for any more gender reassignment surgeries for military personnel.

"On the record before the court, there is absolutely no support for the claim that the ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effective on the military at all", she wrote in the ruling. He followed with an August memo directing the Pentagon to extend indefinitely a ban on transgender individuals joining the military, and gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis six months to come up with a policy on "how to address" those who are now serving.

In response to Trump's memo at the time, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a motion for preliminary injunction to put a halt on the ban, which Kollar-Kotelly issued this morning.

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But the plaintiffs did not establish that they would by harmed by the ban on funds for gender reassignment surgery, Kollar-Kotelly ruled.

The Trump administration had asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit; Kollar-Kotelly refused to do so, and Minter said it's possible the case will go to trial.

"This decision makes clear the president's ban is patent discrimination", the lawyer said about the court's block.

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However, CNN's source said that whoever the charges are against may be taken into custody as soon as Monday. It wasn't immediately clear, for example, who is being charged and what crimes were allegedly committed.

Still, she wrote, the plaintiffs are likely to succeed in their case against the accession and retention policies because the government's arguments for the ban "appear to be hypothetical and extremely overbroad". "The Department of Justice has it, they're reviewing it and I'd refer you to them for any specific questions".

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