Transgender Military Ban Remains Blocked


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today ruled against transgender service members, lifting the district court’s order preventing the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on military service by transgender people in Doe v. Trump.  Despite today’s decision, three nationwide preliminary injunctions halting the ban remain in effect blocking the ban while the cases proceed in the federal district courts. In addition, as the D.C. Circuit noted “today’s decision is not a final determination on the merits,” and the case will continue in the district court.

The decision is bad for the military because it supports a dramatic reversal of a policy that has been in place for over 2 years allowing qualified transgender people to serve and that senior military officials acknowledge has caused no problems with military readiness.  Transgender people like Maurice have proven their fitness to serve, and are serving their country with distinction. They seek only to be held to the same military standards as anyone else.

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  • Sheila Gunnlaugsson

    Sheila Gunnlaugsson Nashville, Tennessee

    I fully support trans people in the military. Who cares as long as they aren't costing our country money, and from everything I've read they don't cost any more than any other military person.

    I fully support trans people in the military. Who cares as long as they aren't costing our country money, and from everything I've read they don't cost any more than any other military person.

  • Arthur

    Arthur Mobile AL

    I don't care who stands beside me as long as they are physically and mentally able to do the job. This coming from a service member who has a transgender uncle.

    I don't care who stands beside me as long as they are physically and mentally able to do the job. This coming from a service member who has a transgender uncle.

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