In November, Judges Coast to Coast Will Consider Trump’s Unpatriotic Military BanBy Adam Polaski • October 23, 2017 • 10:31 am
November will be a busy month for the Trump Administration, which will be required in courtrooms coast to coast to defend the unpatriotic, indefensible ban on open service for transgender Americans. A series of hearings in November come months after President Trump tweeted out the terrible new policy, which has been opposed by a bipartisan array of lawmakers, military veterans, defense professionals, and more.
In the days and weeks after the White House formalized its policy, our legal advocates began filing lawsuits challenging the proposed ban in court. Now, with motions for preliminary injunctions (legal filings requesting an immediate halt to the new policy) filed in multiple cases, transgender servicemembers are getting their days in court. Here’s a look ahead at the busy November (and see all litigation updates in our Litigation Tracker):
- 11/9: Hearing in Stone v. Trump (ACLU case in Maryland)
- 11/20: Hearing in Stockman v. Trump (Equality California, GLAD & NCLR case in California)
- 11/21: Hearing in Karnoski v. Trump (Lambda Legal case in Washington)
Kasey Suffredini, Acting CEO & President of Strategy for Freedom for All Americans, said this summer:
“President Trump’s decision to force the military to ban transgender service members is a betrayal of our country’s sacred promise to care for the brave men, women, and their families who sacrifice so much on our behalf in the line of duty. Transgender Americans have selflessly fought for our freedom; it’s unfair and shameful our commander-in-chief is needlessly denying them the same in return. Ejecting transgender people from the armed services hurts American families and does nothing to strengthen our nation’s military.”
Nearly one in five transgender Americans – 21% – is serving or has served in the U.S. armed forces—over twice the percentage of the general population. Currently, there are approximately 15,000 active transgender service members.
The military itself has carefully studied this issue and concluded that there is no reason to bar transgender people from military service, stating that a more inclusive policy would have little or no impact on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness, or readiness.