Trump’s transgender military ban still on hold after approval by Supreme Court

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Supreme Court granted the Defense Department temporary permission to prohibit transgender citizens from enlisting in the armed services.

The policy was approved after the court voted 5–4, with challenges to the ban continuing in lower courts. The High Court cannot fully implement the policy without lifting a nationwide injunction imposed in Maryland by U.S. District Judge George Russell.

The controversial ban was first announced by President Trump in July 2017 via Twitter:

Prior to the announcement, The Obama administration authorized the admission of openly transgender Americans to serve in the military in June 2016.

A study conducted by the RAND Corporation revealed there are 2,450 active-duty transgender troops and 1,510 in the Selected Reserve.

The ban has been met with heavy criticism from the LGBT community.

Human Rights Campaign, a prominent LGBT civil rights organization, released a statement reacting to the courts’ decision:

The Department of Justice has asked Judge Russell to lift the injunction, which is still in-effect as of Saturday.  A fourth related case pending in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals may keep the ban from going into effect even if the injunction is lifted in Maryland.


Editor’s note: This article has been updated since its original publication.


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