U.S. court blocks Trump’s transgender military ban


NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge in Washington on Monday blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, handing a victory to transgender service members who accused the president of violating their constitutional rights.

Trump in July said he would ban transgender people from the military in a move that would reverse Democratic former President Barack Obama’s policy and halt years of efforts to eliminate barriers to military service based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  

The transgender service members sued in August to try to block the ban. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the plaintiffs were entitled to an injunction halting enforcement of the ban until their case is resolved.

The service members asserted that Trump’s policy violated their rights to due process and equal protection under the law under the U.S. Constitution.

Trump signed a memorandum in August that directed the U.S. military not to accept transgender men and women as recruits and halted the use of government funds for sex-reassignment surgeries for active-duty personnel unless the process is already underway.

Kollar-Kotelly said the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in their claims that the ban was unconstitutional because the reasons given for the ban “do not appear to be supported by any facts.” She said that other factors, including “the unusual circumstances surrounding the president’s announcement” of the ban, weighed in her decision.

The judge, however, tossed out the suit’s challenge to the sex-reassignment surgery directive, saying none of the plaintiffs had shown they would be impacted by that prohibition.

Trump’s action appealed to his hard-line conservative supporters. The president in February also rescinded protections put in place under Obama for transgender public school students.


4 thoughts on “U.S. court blocks Trump’s transgender military ban

  1. These mentally confused folks don’t have a clue about what they’re asking for. It won’t matter anyway. There’s no more excuses to get out of military service if a draft is instated. If war breaks out these people will wish they’d had shut their mouth. Oh well. Army boots are unisex.

  2. “The service members asserted that Trump’s policy violated their rights to due process and equal protection under the law under the U.S. Constitution.”

    The military is a farce now anyway, so the perverted deviants should have the right to go fight and die for their jew masters like anyone else, far as I’m concerned.

    That many fewer freaks in this country, at any rate.

  3. Everyone’s ignoring the pink elephant in the room but figure it out yourselves cuz I’m not going to help you use that bible to hurt my family. Their not the ones purposely misleading you and they sure as hell aren’t Satan worshipping demons either. More like victims on both sides. Yours and theirs.

  4. ALL people with mental defects and illnesses should be allowed to serve their chosen commie-joo occupying govt. I believe they should all be treated equally for allowing themselves to be manipulated, despite the information available, and should be rewarded with EXACTLY what they deserve. Not a grain more, and not a grain less. I wouldn’t kick a puppy, nor mock someone with a physical or mental disability, but I sure as F am not going to have my Rights usurped by a marginal group of low-hanging fruits used to infringe upon them by commies. Their nominal status is a tool being used to destroy the overwhelming normality of a traditional family.

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