Another Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Ban On Transgender People In The Military

Grace Carr | Reporter

Another judge blocked President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender persons serving in the U.S. military Monday, making it unlikely that the ban against persons with gender dysphoria will become effective.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly denied the Trump administration’s request to lift an injunction barring the ban on transgender persons from serving in the military from taking effect, Reuters reported Tuesday.

The Trump administration’s ban “target[s] proxies of transgender status, such as ‘gender dysphoria’ and ‘gender transition,’ and by requiring all service members to serve ‘in their biological sex,'” Kollar-Kotelly wrote in her ruling.

Monday’s ruling comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a block on the administration’s ban on transgender people in the military on July 18. It also follows a December 2017 preliminary injunction blocking Trump’s ban. (RELATED: Pentagon To Allow Transgender Recruits)

Trump tweeted in June 2017 that he would not allow transgender persons to serve in the military. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow … Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump tweeted. 

Transgender men and women will be able to continue serving and enlisting in the military until the full case goes to court, most likely in April 2019, according to recent reports.

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