SCOTUS Lifts Injunctions in Trump Transgender Military Ban

January 22, 2019 • 12:49 pm

Ban on transgender service members will likely soon go into effect as litigation continues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Supreme Court denied a request by the Trump administration to hear several cases regarding the proposed ban on transgender service members in the military, but granted the government’s motions to lift injunctions on the ban temporarily. This means the military likely will soon again be able to refuse to allow transgender individuals to enlist.

Masen Davis, CEO of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement:

“Today’s news by the Supreme Court sends a message to transgender Americans that they are not worthy of the same dignity and respect as everyone else who wants to serve our country. Transgender people should be provided the same opportunities as everyone else to demonstrate their bravery and courage by participating in our armed forces without unfair and discriminatory limitations. While today’s news is not a ruling on the merits of whether transgender Americans can serve, it is yet another negative consequence of a hostile administration that continues to devalue and harm the LGBTQ community. Nondiscrimination protections are more important than ever to end the unfair treatment that so many LGBTQ people face; and Congress should act as soon as possible to ensure dignity and respect for all.”

The court granted the government’s motions for a stay of the preliminary injunctions in Karnoski v. Trump (led by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN) and Stockman v. Trump (led by GLAD and NCLR). The government cannot yet enforce the ban until it takes further action to get out from a previous injunction in Stone v. Trump that has placed a nationwide stay on the ban.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans, Democrats, and Independents; businesses large and small; people of faith; and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.


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