District Court firms injunction in transgender military ban case

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Earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued a preliminary injunction in Stone v. Trump, a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the President’s ban on transgender members of the military.

“Today’s ruling brings more hope to transgender service members and those who want to serve,” said National Center for Lesbian Rights Legal Director Shannon Price Minter. “The court agreed with the legal analysis in Doe v. Trump, which enjoined the ban in October, and held that President Trump’s ban violates the requirement of equal protection, causes serious harms both to our nation’s military and to transgender people, and serves no legitimate purpose whatsoever. Every court that rules against the ban brings us closer and closer to a permanent end to this nightmare.”

The Stone ruling shores up the preliminary injunction that was issued in the NCLR and GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders case Doe v. Trump on Oct. 30, 2017.

“Today’s ruling reiterates the clear and powerful reasoning in Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s decision last month to preliminarily halt the ban,” said Jennifer Levi, director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project. “Two federal courts now agree that President Trump’s ban is unconstitutional, unfounded, and needlessly attacks brave transgender service members who put their lives on the line every day for our country. This decision brings us one step closer to stopping the transgender military ban for good.”

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