ACLU sues President Trump over transgender military ban

Senator Tammy Duckworth: Congress should block Trump's ban on transgender troops

The presidential memorandum signed on August 25 by Trump, also bans the Department of Defense from using its resources to provide medical treatment to transgender individuals now serving in the military.

The move reversed an Obama administration policy implemented in July 2016 that allowed transgender people to serve openly in the military.

Obama lifted the previous ban on transgender service after an inquiry led by his defense secretary, Ashton Carter, concluded the ban's reversal was unlikely to have a negative impact on military readiness. Trump cited concerns over "tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail".

They argue the ban violates the equal protection, due process and free speech guarantees of the Constitution. Not only do groups like the ACLU and Lambda Legal believe Trump's trans ban to be highly discriminatory and offensive, they believe it is also unconstitutional.

Senator John McCain slammed President Donald Trump's order banning banning transgender people from entering the military.

But Trump's memorandum goes a step further, prohibiting active-duty service members from acknowledging their transgender status and obtaining appointments as officers. The second federal lawsuit, Stone v. Trump, was filed in Maryland by the ACLU of Maryland.

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The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Monday against President Trump challenging the constitutionality of his transgender military ban.

Plaintiffs in the suit include five transgender service members. "Once again attacking a vulnerable population based on bias, political opportunism and demonstrably untrue 'alternative facts, ' President Trump is denying fearless men and women the opportunity to serve our country without any legitimate justification whatsoever".

The two locations maximize the chance that the pro-transgender cases will be heard by progressive judges, who may declare that Trump's power as Commander in Chief is insufficient to stop the enlistment of people who say they are living as members of the other sex.

The ban is "purely political", the ACLU said, "reflecting a desire to placate legislators and advisers who bear animus and moral disapproval toward men and woman who are transgender in order to gain votes to pass a defense-spending bill that included money to build a border wall with Mexico".

President Trump has signed a memorandum that directs the US military not to accept transgender men and women as recruits and halts the use of government funds for sex-reassignment surgeries for active personnel unless the process is already underway. "We are proud to be a plaintiff on behalf of our transgender members now serving or wishing to enlist or commission, but who find their careers and their future under attack - and we thank all of the plaintiffs, Lambda Legal and Outserve-SLDN for their leadership in challenging this risky directive". "Our military already has standards and systems in place to ensure our troops are qualified and fit to serve".

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