Judge blocks Trump's ban on transgender people in the military
The strongly worded ruling noted that the Trump administration’s justification for the ban was suspect and likely unconstitutional.
Earlier this week, a federal judge blocked Trump’s attempted policy banning transgender people serving in the military.
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the reason for the ban was simply “disapproval of transgender people generally,” which doesn’t have any legal standing and is “likely unconstitutional.” Trump’s plan was to discharge all current trans service members and block new ones from entering the military.
“There is absolutely no support for the claim that the ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effective on the military at all,” the judge wrote in a strongly worded, 76-page ruling. “In fact, there is considerable evidence that it is the discharge and banning of such individuals that would have such effects.”
Judge Kollar-Kotelly noted that the White House’s proposed policies likely violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution, writing that “a number of factors — including the sheer breadth of the exclusion ordered by the directives, the unusual circumstances surrounding the President’s announcement of them, the fact that the reasons given for them do not appear to be supported by any facts, and the recent rejection of those reasons by the military itself — strongly suggest that Plaintiffs’ Fifth Amendment claim is meritorious.”
The administration appealed the ruling, but the judge’s thorough statement is a promising sign for whatever legal steps come next. Of course, we can never be too confident, but this is definitely good news.