Federal judge blocks Trump's trans military ban

Federal judge blocks Trump's trans military ban

Federal judge blocks Trump's trans military ban

As the news spread on Twitter, transgender people and advocates shared their relief that at least the ban had been blocked.

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. on Monday issued an order partially blocking President Donald Trump's proposed ban on military service by transgender persons, as a case against the ban works its way through court.

Kollar-Kotelly noted that, before issuing the directive, Trump had tweeted that "the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the USA military".

Trump had ordered a reinstatement of the longstanding policy that barred transgender individuals from joining the military; service members who were revealed to be transgender were subject to discharge. The group said that banning qualified transgender service members undermines military effectiveness and readiness because the policy creates unexpected vacancies and additional recruitment.

A judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Monday that Trump's directive changing the transgender policy back to what it was before June 2016 and banning new transgender recruits from enlisting can not be enforced while the case is being reviewed in 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. 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.

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She did not rule on another section of the directive that banned using military resources to pay for sex reassignment surgeries. Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.

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

"This court saw straight through the smokescreen the government tried to create to hide the bias and prejudice behind Trump's change in military policy".

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

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, asked about the ruling at the White House briefing, said it was something that had just been announced and said the Justice Department was reviewing it.

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