Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Ban On Transgender Service Members In The Armed Forces

Donald Trump is having a case of the Mondays.

It’s more bad news for Donald Trump: The same his campaign advisor Paul Manefort was indicted, a federal court judge blocked the president’s ban on transgender service people in the U.S. Armed Forces.

District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a preliminary injunction on the ban, ordering that the military cannot keep transgender people out of the ranks and that it must continue to provide medical care for them.

“I am directing the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard, to return to the longstanding policy and practice on military service by transgender individuals that was in place prior to June 2016 until such time as a sufficient basis exists upon which to conclude that terminating that policy and practice would not have the negative effects discussed above, Trump wrote in an executive order. “The Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security
with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard, shall . . . maintain the currently effective policy regarding accession of transgender individuals into military service beyond January 1, 2018, until such time as the Secretary of Defense, after consulting with the Secretary of Homeland Security, provides a recommendation to the contrary that I find convincing.”

Kollar-Kotelly wrote that military policy will “revert to the status quo” established by President Obama’s directive from June 2016, lifting the ban on trans personnel in the military. The case will still have to be addressed in court to ultimately determine if the ban is unconstitutional.

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