A federal judge blocked the President’s ban on transgender men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. The move gives a victory to transgender service members who sued on the grounds their Constitutional rights were being violated by the directive.
The President originally announced the ban via Twitter, his favorite mode of communication in July, and made moves in August to implement it. The move, just one more of his attempts to revoke any Obama-era protections, came one year after the Pentagon announced it would allow transgender troops to serve openly. His reasoning was the medical expense the military would absorb in keeping transgender troops among the ranks.
Monday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the plaintiffs in the case were entitled to the injunction that would stop the ban’s enforcement until their case is resolved. She went on to say that the plaintiffs would likely succeed with their case that the ban is unconstitutional because the reasons given for the ban “do not appear to be support[ed] by any facts”. She cited, among other things, the way the ban was announced and how that weighed in her decision.