Supreme Court of The United States today enact President Trump’s transgender military ban.
In 2017, President Trump announced via his Twitter account that there will be a ban on Transgender people in the military. He claimed that “tremendous medical costs and disruption” as a reason for his decision.
Though the legal battle continues in lower courts, the supreme court Justices allowed the ban to go into effect. The Justices lifted nationwide rulings that had kept Trump’s transgender military ban from being implemented. It also reversed an Obama administration rule that would have allowed transgender people to serve openly and receive funding for sex-reassignment surgery.
The consequence of the injunction that those who identify with a gender different from the one they are born with are ban from joining the military.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch, and Brett M. Kavanaugh, who are the 5 conservative justices of the court — allowed the restrictions to take effect while the court decides whether to consider the merits of the case.
A Pentagon spokeswoman, Air Force Lt. Col. Carla Gleason said: “As always, we treat all transgender persons with respect and dignity.”
Gleason went further to say that the Defense Department’s “proposed policy is not a ban on service by transgender persons. It is critical that DoD is permitted to implement personnel policies that it determines are necessary to ensure the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world. DoD’s proposed policy is based on professional military judgment and will ensure that the U.S. Armed Forces remain the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world.”