Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Another Judge Has Blocked Trump's Proposed Ban on Transgender Service Members

Another Judge Has Blocked Trump's Proposed Ban on Transgender Service Members

A federal court ordered a halt Tuesday to President Donald Trump's proposed ban of transgender service members from serving in the military. Transgender individuals were to be allowed to enlist in the military in June 2017, a timeline initially delayed under the Trump administration to January 1, 2018.

Trump announced the ban via Twitter in July, and its implementation included a stop to government-funded transition procedures (something sought by very few military members, belying right-wing objections to the cost) and indefinite continuation on the ban on new transgender recruits.

"A surprising declaration by the President and president of the United States through Twitter that "the United States Government won't acknowledge or enable transgender people to serve in any way in the U.S. military" surely can be viewed as stunning the situation being what it is", Garbis composed, in the wake of installing screen shots of the tweets pages prior. He argued, "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming ... victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail".

The preliminary injunction prohibits the president's policies until the lawsuit is resolved.

What have the courts said?

Garbis, who was named by President George H.W. Hedge, takes after Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in DC, who additionally managed against the boycott in October, however just hindered the orders concerning joining and holding military staff. Lead plaintiff Brock Stone, 34, has served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years and wants to remain for at least 20 years, according to court papers.

"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", NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter said in a statement.

"The only uncertainties are how, not if, the policy will be implemented and whether, in some future context, the president might be persuaded to change his mind and terminate the policies he is now putting into effect", Garbis wrote. Garbis's order, which comes from Maryland, additionally blocks Trump's order banning the military from paying for gender-affirming medical services, particularly surgeries.

"We're pleased that the courts have stepped in to ensure that trans service members are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve", senior staff attorney Joshua Block said.

The bottom line: Transgender members of the military can still serve, can still gain access to health care and can still enlist in the military.

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