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Lambda Legal calls for transgender military ban injunction to be maintained

WASHINGTON — Lambda Legal on Friday called for an injunction blocking the Trump administration’s transgender military ban to be maintained.

The legal group asked for the U.S. Supreme Court to continue to stay enforcement of the ban.

“The sudden urgency of the Trump administration’s effort to discriminate against transgender service members is bordering on the ridiculous,” Lambda Legal Counsel Peter Renn said in a press release. “Not only has it sought to short-circuit established practice by seeking Supreme Court review before the Courts of Appeal have ruled, but now it wants to be able to implement the ban to kick out transgender service members even if the Court denies that petition. Notwithstanding the fact that every court to rule on the discriminatory ban has ruled against it, the Trump administration seems intent on doing everything in its power to enshrine discrimination.

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed the lawsuit, Karnoski v. Trump, in August 2017, on behalf of nine individual plaintiffs and three organizational plaintiffs – the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Seattle-based Gender Justice League, and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA).

The administration also asked the Supreme Court to review the preliminary injunctions in Stockman v. Trump and Doe v. Trump, lawsuits also challenging the ban, filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). NCLR and GLAD put out their own calls earlier this week for SCOTUS not to grant the administration’s request to prematurely review of the case.

ead Lambda Legal’s reply brief here: https://www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/legal-docs/karnoski_dc_20181228_joint-opposition-brief

Read more about Karnoski v. Trump here: https://www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/cases/karnoski-v-trump

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