Federal Judge Rejects Trump Request to Delay Enlistment of Trans Troops

Federal judge: military must allow transgender recruits starting on January 1

A federal court on Monday issued a clarification that the USA military must take transgender service members by January 1, after partially blocking President Trump's transgender policy in an earlier ruling.

While Kollar-Kotelly's initial October ruling did not halt Trump's ban on enlisting transgender individuals, her latest injunction does.

In October, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a preliminary injunction which largely blocks Trump's ban.

Last month, a judge on the U.S. District Court ruled that the president's order to ban new transgender recruits from joining the military - as well as potentially expelling current members - can not be enforced while the case is being reviewed in court. Several weeks later, President Donald Trump tweeted that transgender troops will not be allowed to serve in the military. In that memo, Mattis set the new enlistment deadline to January 1, 2018.

The Department of Justice asked Kollar-Kotelly to clarify whether her order also covered Mattis' memo delaying transgender enlistments.

To clarify on whether Mattis is free to extend the ban on transgender enlistments any further, Kollar-Kotelly writes "any action by any of the defendants that changes this status quo is preliminarily enjoined".

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Now, Kollar-Kotelly's clarification removes the last aspect of the Guidance Policy For Open Transgender Service Phase Out, issued by Trump's Defense Department on August 25, that was still in effect.

GLAD and The National Center for Lesbian Rights represent the five longtime transgender military service members who sued the government in August, claiming that Trump's efforts to ban transgender people from military service was unconstitutional and denied them equal rights and due process. Last week, U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis issued a second order against Trump's policy as a result of a separate lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The White House in an August memo pushed the deadline indefinitely past January 1 and until Mattis provides the White House with "convincing" reasoning for opening the military to transgender recruits.

The Trump trans military ban issued via Twitter in July 2017 was always based on flimsy reasoning: The U.S. President consulted no now serving military officials about it and lied about the military not being able to absorb the cost of trans healthcare (even though the military spends five times more money on Viagra).

President Donald Trump is losing so much lately that he must be exhausted of losing.

A that time, a Justice Department spokeswoman, Lauren Ehrsam, told the Associated Press that the injunction was "premature" because the Pentagon "is actively reviewing" transgender service requirements.

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