Seattle judge hears arguments on transgender military ban

Federal judge defies Trump admin, removes Pentagon block on funds for gender reassignment

A federal court today granted the American Civil Liberties Union's request for a complete halt to implementation of the president's directive banning transgender service members from serving in the military while the ACLU's lawsuit challenging it moves forward.

President Donald Trump abruptly announced his attention to bar all transgender service members from the USA military in late July on Twitter.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman heard oral arguments between lawyers for the Justice Department and transgender rights advocates, including Lambda Legal, on Tuesday - just hours after the Baltimore judge's ruling.

Garbis, who was named by President George H.W. Hedge, takes after Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in DC, who additionally managed against the boycott in October, however just hindered the orders concerning joining and holding military staff. That policy was changed in 2016 under former U.S. president Barack Obama.

According to The Washington Post, Garbis said that "transgender people serving in the military have "demonstrated that they are already suffering harmful consequences" due to Trump's policy, '" and Garbis issued a injunction that not only stops the ban from going into effect, but also prevents the administration from denying funding for trans soldiers' transition-related surgical care.


Garbis also wrote that the "capricious, arbitrary, and unqualified tweet of new policy does not trump the methodical and systematic review by military stakeholders".

A US Department of Justice spokesperson, Lauren Ehrsam, said officials disagreed with Garbis' ruling and they are weighing their next steps.

"As directed by the DoD guidance, no action may be taken to involuntarily separate or discharge an otherwise qualified service member exclusively on the basis of a gender dysphoria diagnosis or transgender status", Wright said.

The preliminary injunction prohibits the president's policies until the lawsuit is resolved.

The U.S. Justice Department lawyers had asked Garbis' to dismiss the lawsuit against the ban because the ban is on hold pending a Defense Department review, meaning that the military isn't now discharging active-duty trans service members nor is it denying them transition-related medical care.

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