A federal judge has suspended President Trump’s executive order reinstating a ban on transgender military service. The preliminary injunction will prevent transgender people who are currently serving from losing their jobs, but does open the door allowing openly transgender people to enlist.
In a decision issued Monday, District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a Clinton appointee, re-established the status quo from prior to Trump’s order reinstating the ban; the judge, however, allowed for Defense Secretary James Mattis’ June modification, which delayed the transgender enlistment policy. Accession of transgender troops was set to begin July 1, but Mattis instituted a six-month delay on that policy.
The new decision maintains that delay.
Trump’s order directed the Pentagon to revert to the policy before that was in place before June 2016, which prohibited anybody who was openly transgender from serving. The new policy, which was set to take effect next March, would have forced out all servicemembers who had taken advantage of the opportunity to safely come out in their jobs.
Because of the sudden way Trump first announced the policy on Twitter in July, there were immediate consequences for transgender servicemembers, some of whom even had medical procedures delayed or canceled.
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