United States court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy

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On August 31, NCLR and GLAD filed a motion in Doe asking the court to immediately block the president's policy and adding two named plaintiffs who have had their plans for a career in military service thwarted by the ban - Regan Kibby, a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy and Dylan Kohere, a first-year student at University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut denied participation in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps ( ROTC ) program because of the ban.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote Monday that trans military members who sued the Trump administration over the change were likely to succeed, and therefore barred the President from changing the government's policy.

Trump announced on Twitter in July that the government "will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military".

The Trump administration may appeal Kollar-Kotelly's decision, but for now, the proposed ban remains unenforceable under Kollar-Kotelly's preliminary injunction.

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Estimates about the number of transgender people serving in the United States military vary from 1,320 up to 15,000, out of 1.5 million active duty troops.

The service members asserted that Mr Trump's policy violated their rights to due process and equal protection under the law under the US Constitution.

One issue not directly addressed in Monday's ruling was whether federal funds should be used to pay for sexual reassignment surgeries for members of the military. He followed with an August memo directing the Pentagon to extend indefinitely a ban on transgender individuals joining the military, and gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis six months to come up with a policy on "how to address" those who are now serving. Therefore, she said, the court does not have jurisdiction to enjoin the aspect of Trump's policy.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD, issued a statement about the ruling in favor of plaintiffs from their organization and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. In late August, Mattis put a temporary freeze on the ban when he announced that he would wait to put the policy into effect until a team of experts completed a study determining the effects it would have on current service members. The decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia means that people who are now in the military can not be discharged "just for being transgender", she says. "These circumstances provide additional support for plaintiffs' claim that the decision to exclude transgender individuals was not driven by genuine concerns regarding military efficacy". "The Department of Justice has it, they're reviewing it and I'd refer you to them for any specific questions".

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