Federal Judge Denies White House Attempt to Delay Transgender Americans from Enlisting in U.S. Military

By Adam Polaski • December 11, 2017 • 2:24 pm

Today, December 11, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled in Doe v. Trump that transgender Americans must be allowed to enlist in the United States military beginning January 1. The Pentagon had requested a stay in the judge’s previous ruling blocking President Trump’s anti-transgender military ban, and this order today denies that stay.

“The Court is not persuaded that Defendants will be irreparably injured by” allowing transgender people to enlist in the U.S. military on January 1, Judge Kollar-Kotelly wrote.

Doe v. Trump was filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders.

NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter said today:

“Trump administration claims that our highly sophisticated military is unprepared to implement a minor policy change after years of preparation are simply not credible,” said  “The military has studied this issue extensively and determined that permitting qualified transgender people to enlist and serve will only strengthen our nation’s armed forces. This administration’s claim that allowing transgender people to enlist will lessen military preparedness is contradicted by the military’s own conclusions.”

Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLAD, said:

“It’s time to stop stalling and move forward. The military has had nearly a year and a half to be ready to implement an enlistment policy its own leaders created and adopted. High ranking military leaders who oversaw training when the military made the first changes to transgender service policies have said the military is ready to accept transgender enlistees. This administration needs to stop creating fake problems and get on with it”

It’s possible now that the White House will seek a delay from the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more about this great step forward.

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