Judge Blocks Trump’s Order Banning Transgender Soldiers

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Finding that the Trump Administration’s proposed transgender ban “does not appear to be supported by any facts,” U.S. Dist. Ct. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued the preliminary injunction on Monday, October 30. The Judge determined, in essence, the group of transgender service members seeking to have the ban declared unconstitutional would have a strong chance of winning in that litigation.

The injunction stays in place until the lawsuit is resolved.

The ruling did allow the proposal that would ban military funds from being used for sex reassignment surgery to remain. This decision made the Trump ruling the same as the Obama administration’s proposal to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military after the Pentagon (at that time) found no basis for excluding transgender people from serving.

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