President Trump’s decision to ban transgender troops from serving in the military or receiving taxpayer funds for gender reassignment surgeries has been halted by a federal court.
U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis issued a preliminary injunction that effectively halts the Pentagon’s implementation of the order, which was hailed by the ACLU.
“Today is a victory for transgender service members across the country,”an attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV project said in a statement. “We’re pleased that the courts have stepped in to ensure that trans service members are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
DOJ spokesperson Lauren Ehrsam stated that the Trump administration plans to oppose the court’s decision.
“We disagree with the court’s ruling and are currently evaluating the next steps. Plaintiffs’ lawsuit challenging military service requirements is premature for many reasons, including that the Defense Department is actively reviewing such service requirements, as the president ordered, and because none of the plaintiffs have established that they will be impacted by current policies on military service,” she said.
This is not the first time that the courts have attempted to block the orders of the Commander-in-Chief. In late October, another injunction halted the White House’s ban from being implemented.
The policy stems back to the president initially tweeting in July:
Garbis, who is a Republican-appointed judge, slammed the president tweeting out the policy change.
“A capricious, arbitrary, and unqualified tweet of new policy does not trump the methodical and systematic review by military stakeholders qualified to understand the ramifications of policy changes,” the judge said.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley retorted to the judge’s comments.
“The president’s directive is legal and promotes our national security,” he said.
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