For the Second Time This Month, Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Anti-Transgender Military BanBy Adam Polaski • November 21, 2017 • 3:06 pm
Today, November 21, U.S. District Court Judge Marvin J. Garbis granted a preliminary injunction to plaintiffs who brought forward a lawsuit with the ACLU, Stone v. Trump, against President Donald Trump’s policy prohibiting open military service for transgender Americans.
The ACLU reports, “The preliminary injunction stops the president from kicking out transgender people currently serving in the military, from barring the enlistment of transgender individuals, and from prohibiting transition-related surgery for service members.”
This is the second ruling halting the White House’s military ban in less than a month. On October 30, a judge ruled similarly in Doe v. Trump, a case filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).
Joshua Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, said today:
“Today is a victory for transgender service members across the country. We’re pleased that the courts have stepped in to ensure that trans service members are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Many high-ranking former military leaders have announced their support of open transgender service, including all three former Service Secretaries (Army, Navy, and Air Force), the former Deputy Surgeon General for Mobilization, Readiness, and Army Reserve Affairs, and the former Acting Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness.
Trump initially announced the ban in July 2017 in a now infamous string of tweets, to the dismay of military leaders, elected officials, veterans and Americans across the board. It was only one of a series of actions that have targeted the LGBTQ community.