Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Federal Judge Blocks Transgender Troop Ban

From Politico:

Gay rights advocates celebrated a Federal court decision Monday that prevents the Pentagon from enforcing the Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops.

In response to a lawsuit filed by GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction on the ban, requiring the Pentagon to “revert to the status quo” set in June 2016, when then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced transgender troops could no longer be kicked out for their gender identity.

Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, an LGBTQ media advocacy organization, called the decision “a major step forward in exposing President Trump’s policy as a hate-fueled attack.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed its own lawsuit in Maryland on behalf of six currently serving transgender troops, predicted that Monday’s decision — the first to block the ban — “won’t be the last.”
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