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Published On: Wed, Nov 1st, 2017

Judges rules to block President Trumps policy against transgenders in the military

A U.S. District Court judge ruled against President Trump’s decision to bar transgender people from serving in the military. The policy appeared “not genuinely based on legitimate concerns regarding military effectiveness or budget constraints” but was ” instead driven by a desire to express disapproval of transgender people generally,” the judge said.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia issued an injunction blocking enforcement of the ban until the case was resolved. That returns situation to status quo, pending the outcome of the case.

In a series of tweets on July 26, Trump announced:

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruptions that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

Trump subsequently directed that all transgender members of the military be discharged by March. Transgender organizations sued, arguing that the ban discriminated and violated their constitutional rights.

photo John Hain

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