Trump bans transgenders


Trump’s transgender ban comes into effect

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Trump transgender ban: US Supreme Court issues injunctions allowing restriction to begin

The Military ban on transgender Americans can take place as arguments continue, Supreme Court says.

The Supreme Court has issued a stay of injunctions in Donald Trump’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the US military, allowing the White House to enforce the measure as court hearings proceed.

The nation’s highest court delivered the pair of orders on Tuesday morning, effectively reinstating the administration’s ban on transgender military service as a lengthy court battle over its merit and legality continues. The Supreme Court issued temporary stays in both Trump v Karnoski and Trump v Stockman, two cases in which lower courts had placed halts on the ban as proceedings continued. The stays were issued along party lines, with Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kegan dissenting from the decision. 

The new policy was promptly assailed by congressional Democrats and civil rights groups when it was first announced by the president in the summer of 2017. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted, “No one with the strength & bravery to serve in the US military should be turned away because of who they are. This hateful ban is purpose-built to humiliate our brave transgender members of the military who serve with honor & dignity.” 

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, accused the Trump administration of pushing “anti-transgender prejudices onto the military.”

“There is simply no way to spin it, the Trump-Pence Administration is going all in on its discriminatory, unconstitutional and despicable ban on transgender troops,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.

Mr Trump received recommendations from former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in February for dealing with transgender individuals serving in the military. The White House said Mr Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen agreed with the policy.


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