Court partially blocks Trump's transgender military ban

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Kollar-Kotelly also temporarily stopped Trump's move to block recruiting openly transgender people for the military.

A federal court on Monday partly blocked President Donald Trump's order that aims to keep transgender persons from joining the USA armed forces.

Minter said the new court ruling means they will be able to enlist as of that date.

His goal was to turn back the policy to the way it was before June 2016, when service members could be discharged for being transgender.

Under the Obama administration, the Pentagon rescinded a longstanding ban on transgender troops from serving. Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.

In this text forwarded to the minister of Defence, Jim Mattis, Donald Trump also stressed that the Pentagon would no longer support the medical treatment of military personnel transgender people already working within the army. She directed a return to the situation that existed before Trump announced his new policy this summer, saying the administration had provided no solid evidence for why a ban should be implemented.

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"As far as the court is aware at this preliminary stage, all of the reasons proffered by the president for excluding transgender individuals from the military in this case were not merely unsupported, but were actually contradicted by the studies, conclusions and judgment of the military itself", Kollar-Kotelly wrote, referring to the military's 2016 Obama-era study that led to allowing openly transgender military recruits.

The president made his ban, which first came to light in three surprise tweets, official in July.

The Justice Department, in seeking the lawsuit's dismissal, said none of the plaintiffs had established that they will be impacted by current policies on military service. The decision had been reviewed for one year. There is no definite figure for how many transgender people are now on active duty, but estimates range from about 2,500 to 15,500.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote Monday that trans military members who sued the Trump administration over the change were likely to succeed, and therefore barred the President from changing the government's policy.

The judge - who was named to the court by President Bill Clinton - noted in her ruling that the changes in transgender policy were "not genuinely based on legitimate concerns regarding military effectiveness or budget constraints, but are instead driven by a desire to express disapproval of transgender people generally".

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