In July of this year, President Donald Trump signed an order blocking all new transgender recruits from enlisting. Today, a U.S. district court judge in D.C. has blocked the attempt to change the military policy. The Hill reports that the judge ruled the directive cannot be enforced while the case “works its way through the court.” Gender rights activists are considering the decision a “win.”
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a motion on August 9, 2017 for a preliminary injunction. The aim was to block the order, which would prevent thousands of transgender people who are already serving in the military. NCLR and GLAD also asked to block the ban on government funds for gender reassignment surgeries. However, the last motion was denied.
In Jane Doe v. Donald J. Trump, the court sided with the status quo in regard to transgender people serving in the military. Said NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter: “This is a complete victory for our plaintiffs and all transgender service members, who are now once again able to serve on equal terms and without the threat of being discharged. We are grateful to the court for issuing such a clear, powerful decision recognizing that there is no legitimate reason for treating qualified transgender service members differently than others.”
Said Joshua Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLU: “The federal courts are recognizing what everyone already knows to be true: President Trump’s impulsive decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military service was blatantly unconstitutional.”
President Trump’s decision made headlines in July, when wrote in a string of tweets: “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 disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
Referencing the President’s former tweets, Sarah Warbelow, HRC’s legal director, said in a statement: “Donald Trump’s erratic tweets and half-baked orders disrespect the bravery of the countless transgender people who have fought, and in many cases died, for their country. The immediate harm to our national defense and to the thousands of transgender people serving and wishing to serve their country must be stopped—and we are grateful that a federal judge has blocked this administration from discharging any qualified individuals because of their gender identity while these cases continue to make their way through the courts.”
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