The president abruptly announced via Twitter earlier this summer that he was implementing a ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This ban reversed an Obama administration directive that lifted the longtime ban on transgender people serving openly in the Armed Forces.
Unsurprisingly, the Trump administration faced immediate backlash for their move, including lawsuits from civil rights organizations on behalf of currently serving transgender soldiers. Lawyers working on behalf of the Trump administration have now asked a federal judge to completely throw out one of these lawsuits, stating that they believe the suit is premature, seeing as the ban has not been implemented yet.
In a 44-page brief submitted to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Justice Department lawyers state:
‘That challenge is premature several times over… No actual discharge or denial of accession has occurred, and they will not suffer a hardship if the Court withholds consideration until after the policies challenged in this case are implemented and are found to impact Plaintiffs… The Court should therefore dismiss this case for lack of jurisdiction.’
Although there is the added component of details of the ban having not yet been finalized, an item not going into effect didn’t stop multiple federal judges from striking down various incarnations of the Trump admin’s Muslim-targeting travel ban — even though that ban has now been allowed to proceed thanks to the Republican-stacked U.S. Supreme Court.
Although the president has argued that there is a legitimate reason to ban transgender people from serving in the military, there is no such reason. The military literally spends more on treating erectile dysfunction than it does on medical services that are specially catered to transgender soldiers.
On top of all of this, one of the soldiers behind the lawsuit — which isn’t the first of its kind — states that they were originally slated to have surgery in September of this year, but that surgery has been postponed. In other words, they are in fact already feeling the effects of the president’s directives, even though they are presently allowed to continue serving in the military.
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