Trump wins ‘first court backing’ on transgender military ban

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US president Donald Trump has reportedly received his first court backing of his anti-trans military policy. The US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit overruled a previous decision by a Washington DC federal judge, which ruled that transgender people must have been allowed to serve. It is the Trump administration’s first legal victory on the proposed ban, reports the Guardian. Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which is challenging Trump’s proposed policy, called such a decision a slap in the face of transgender community. But the future of the current and potential transgender troops is not decided yet, everything depends on the SCOTUS’ decision, which is going to be made later this month. Lambda Legal counsel Peter Renn, who represents transgender troops battling the ban, said at the time: “There is no valid reason for the Trump-Pence administration to try to short-circuit established practice and ask for review before the federal Courts of Appeal have even had an opportunity to rule”.

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