Monday, October 30, 2017

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Ban On Transgender Military Service Members

A federal judge has effectively blocked Donald Trump's proposed ban on transgender service members in the military saying the ban was "driven by a desire to express disapproval of transgender people generally."

From KCRA:

On July 26 Trump issued a statement via Twitter announcing that “the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” A presidential memorandum later required the military to remove transgender service members by authorizing their discharge no later than March 23, 2018.

In a federal case, a judge said in an Oct. 30 opinion that the president’s directives are “not genuinely based on legitimate concerns regarding military effectiveness or budget constraints, but are instead driven by a desire to express disapproval of transgender people generally.

Before the Aug. 25 presidential memorandum, the Department of Defense had announced that openly transgender individuals would be allowed to enlist in the military, effective Jan. 1, 2018, and had prohibited the discharge of service members based solely on their gender identities, the court summarized.

Bolding is mine.

Trump's original announcement about the ban on trans people came via Twitter this summer:

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