The Transgender Ban in the Military Overturned

The transgender ban on the US military by the Trump administration will have to wait a little bit longer to be implemented after it was temporarily blocked yesterday. The decision was made by a US federal judge known as Colleen Kolla-Kotelly. She serves at the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia. The ban was expected to begin in March 2018. During her ruling, the judge determined that the ban was unconstitutional. She further directed the military to stick to the current policy. In a 76-page ruling, the judge determined that there was no way being transgender could negatively affect the servicemen. She further said that research has shown that discharging these people on the grounds of being transgender would result in such negative feelings. She, however, warned that the White House had touched on issues that concerned equal protection clause of the American Constitution. She gave a number of factors that led to the decision to do away with the ban. First, she said that the circumstances under which the announcement was made were unusual. She further noted that there were no facts for the ban by the president. In one way or the other, she said that if the ban was implemented, the military service people would not be protected by the Fifth Amendment.

This decision is seen as a victory by the people who support the issue. For instance, current transgender troops will not be discharged. At the same time, the current troops under this category would be allowed to re-enlist. Finally, it will be possible to permit transgender recruits to join the army come January. A lawyer who deals with military law at the National Center for Lesbian Rights said that the judge just wiped the slate clean. The lawyer is known as Shannon Minter. Mrs. Minter has represented a number of plaintiffs in such cases. She, however, noted that she was confident that the ruling could be appealed. She said that she believed that be ban violated the constitution. The Justice Department released a statement saying that that it didn’t agree with the ruling. The Justice Department spokesman said that they were evaluating their steps and they would appeal the ruling. Late in July this year, Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that the government couldn’t afford the medical costs associated with transgender people in the army. He later issued a presidential memorandum in August declaring that the government would no longer allow transgender troops to serve.

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