District Court Deals Yet Another Blow to the Trump Administration’s Attempted Transgender Military Ban

By Shane Stahl • August 7, 2018 • 4:15 pm

On Monday, August 6, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia again quashed yet another attempt by the Trump administration to implement its proposed ban on transgender military service, the latest decision in a series of rulings that have been decided in favor of transgender soldiers.

In the case of Doe v. Trump, filed by our partners at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly denied the administration’s requests to both dismiss the case and dissolve the stay currently preventing the ban from going into effect. This marks the eighth ruling to uphold the dignity of transgender soldiers across the nation, in a series of cases filed from coast to coast by various advocacy groups.

Kollar-Kotelly’s latest ruling read in part:

“The public interest and equities lie with allowing young men and women who are qualified and willing to serve our Nation to do so. The Mattis Implementation Plan still accomplishes an extremely broad prohibition on military service by transgender individuals that appears to be divorced from any transgender individual’s actual ability to serve.”

President Trump indicated his intention to ban openly transgender people from military service in July of 2016. In August of that year, Trump signed a memorandum ordering Secretary of Defense James Mattis to formulate a plan to implement the ban. Immediately following this action, multiple cases were filed across the country challenging the ban’s constitutionality. To date, every case has seen a ruling against the ban’s implementation, and it is currently stayed by multiple courts pending trial.

We congratulate our friends and partners at NCLR and GLAD on their latest victory. Freedom for All Americans continues to work with these groups and numerous others in the effort to #ProtectTransTroops.

To read all our posts about the attempted ban on transgender military service, click here.

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