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Military Must Accept Transgender Troops From 2018, Federal Judge Rules

Military Must Accept Transgender Troops From 2018, Federal Judge Rules

He then issued a presidential memo to the Department of Defense ordering them to reverse President Obama's policy of allowing transgender individuals to serve openly and receive related medical treatments.

In October, the D.C. -based Judge Collen Kollar-Kotelly issued an injunction that would force Trump to allow transgender individuals to enlist openly beginning January 1. In that memo, Mattis set the new enlistment deadline to January 1, 2018.

The memo also gave Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisNational security departments and agencies have been deprioritized Trump appeals court's decision to partially block transgender military ban Second federal judge halts Trump's transgender military ban MORE a six-month deadline to assess the role of transgender troops who are now serving in the US military.

In her response, Kollar-Kotelly explained that her ruling meant to reset the military policy on transgender service members to the "status quo" before Trump's ban.

On July 1, Defense Secretary James Mattis pushed back the date on which trans people could enrol in the military.

"Any action by any of the Defendants that changes this status quo is preliminarily enjoined", Kollar-Kotelly added.

The request from the Justice Department last week asserts Kollar-Kotelly couldn't have meant her order bars Defense Secretary James Mattis from extending his delay on transgender accessions beyond the January 1 target date because plaintiffs "only sought prospective relief to enjoin the secretary from implementing the president's memorandum", which was a measure subsequent to Mattis' memo.

Reversing a decision made under President Barack Obama, Trump claimed in a string of tweets that the military "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail". Along with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLAD is representing five military servicepeople who are suing the administration over its transgender ban.

The case, brought by the ACLU of Maryland on behalf of six soldiers, led District Judge Garbis to state that Trump's ban "was not driven by genuine concerns regarding military efficacy". The second injunction was issued Monday to clarify that the Department of Defense can not defer the January 1 deadline for allowing enlistment any further, according to court documents. But in July, Trump tweeted that he would reinstate the ban on trans military service.

The Trump trans military ban issued via Twitter in July 2017 was always based on flimsy reasoning: The U.S. President consulted no now serving military officials about it and lied about the military not being able to absorb the cost of trans healthcare (even though the military spends five times more money on Viagra). And of course, that makes a Supreme Court ruling in Trump's favor far less likely.