Trans military ban rejected in court

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Parts of President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military are blocked by the federal judge in Washington D.C. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled on Monday that transgender members of the military who had sued over the change were likely to win their lawsuit against Trump’s administration over the ban. Judge Kollar-Kotelly wrote: “The Court holds that Plaintiffs are likely to succeed on their Fifth Amendment claim. As a form of government action that classifies people based on their gender identity, and disfavors a class of historically persecuted and politically powerless individuals, the President’s directives are subject to a fairly searching form of scrutiny.” However, a proposed ban on federal funds to be used on medically related procedures related to transition will stay in action. Sarah Warbelow, the Human Rights Campaign Legal Director, said: “Today’s preliminary injunction is an important step in the ongoing efforts to protect transgender service members from the dangerous and discriminatory policies of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Donald Trump’s erratic tweets and half-baked orders disrespect the bravery of the countless transgender people who have fought, and in many cases died, for their country”

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