The Blows Keep Coming: Third Federal Judge Halts Trump’s Anti-Transgender Military Ban

By Adam Polaski • December 11, 2017 • 7:54 pm

Tonight, December 11, a federal judge in Washington state has ordered an immediate halt to President Trump’s policy banning transgender Americans from serving in the United States military. The ruling – in Karnoski v. Trump, filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN – is the third case preliminary injunction granted against the ban.

Earlier today, a judge in Doe v. Trump denied the Trump Administration’s request for a stay in a separate preliminary injunction. In denying the stay, the judge affirmed that transgender Americans will be allowed to enlist openly in the military beginning January 1.

The blows against this unpatriotic, discriminatory ban keep on coming – and it’s clear what it all means: Discrimination against transgender people is not OK, unworkable in a nation committed to affording all people an equal opportunity at achieving the American dream. Our country’s courageous servicemembers deserve better than a policy categorically excluding them from being able to serve their country, work a job they are qualified for, and provide for their families.

Read the full ruling from Lambda Legal here:

Thank you to Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN for leading the charge in Karnoski v. Trump – and thank you to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders, Equality California, and all of our legal partners for working so hard to take down this discriminatory ban in court.

These rulings are a reflection of the climate that the entire LGBTQ movement have created in the public sphere. The country is growing to understand and support transgender Americans, and that growing support has never been more evident in the immense and overwhelming response to President Trump’s reckless ban.

Follow all of the #ProtectTransTroops news here. 

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