Federal court upholds Trump's transgender military ban
President Trump's transgender military ban can stand for now, a federal appeals court ruled Friday January 4, 2019.
Trump has tossed around several plans to block transgender people from serving in the military, with most of them being struck down in court. But the most recent ban will be allowed to stand now that a Washington, D.C. federal appeals court overturned a lower court's ruling against the ban on Friday, reports Reuters.
In July 2017, Trump moved to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity." He dropped the plans later in the year after legal challenges, but then ordered a new ban on transgender people who "may require substantial medical treatment" in March 2018. Friday's decision came in response to the most recent order, with the appeals court saying there was a "significant change" between Trump's first and second bans. The new ban has clear "standards" that allow "some transgender individuals to serve in the military," the appeals court said.
Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate contacted his supporters Sunday in a national email and with this message in part:
"President Trump is standing firm on this issue. "Transgender" privilege has no place in the military."