Federal judge rules that transgender people can sue over military ban

Activists protest 45’s proposed ban on transgender servicemembers in July 2017. The directive was officially sent on Aug. 25, 2017. (Photo via Flickr, used under Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that transgender people can move forward with a lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban on trans people in the military.

Stars & Stripes reported this week that U.S. District Judge George Russell in Maryland ruled that transgender men and women who would otherwise be eligible for military service can proceed with their case against the partial ban currently in force. Current servicemembers were grandfathered in with the policy put in place by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Since current members can stay, they won’t be allowed to proceed with the suit, the newspaper said. 

Trump issued the ban back in 2017 and it has been at the center of a legal battle ever since. In March 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the ban could go into effect in April.

In July, the U.S. House did vote to overturn the ban, but stopped once it got to the Senate.




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