A federal appeals court upheld the reversal of President Donald Trump’s transgender ban Thursday, and will not allow the administration to prevent the military from accepting transgender troops at the start of next year.
The Trump administration asked the three-judge panel to suspend an order from a judge in Baltimore, forcing the government to accept transgender troops starting Jan. 1, 2018, Reuters reports. The administration said it needed more time to review their internal policies to avoid the risk of harming “military readiness.”
Trump’s ban on transgenders troops joining the military had already been halted by a federal court in November, after a judge issued a preliminary injunction to stop the policy from going into effect.
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