The lawsuits challenging Trump's ban on transgender troops, explained

The lawsuits challenging Trump's ban on transgender troops, explained

On Aug. 9, five transgender service members filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. asking a judge to block Trump from issuing a ban. On the heels of his disgusting response to Charlottesville, the transgender ban serves only to appeal to a right-wing base that shuns anyone who is different.

The directive not only bans transgender individuals from serving in the military, but it also gives Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the ability to kick out transgender soldiers now serving, and it directs the military to halt paying for gender confirmation surgery.

Regarding military personnel who have already "transitioned" and are now serving, Trump is leaving it up to Mattis to decide if they will be allowed to stay until their duty is over or if they are to be forced out.

This ban is disrespectful and dishonorable to the thousands of transgender men and women who are boldly and bravely serving our country, said Lambda Legal staff attorney Sasha Buchert, a transgender military veteran, in a written statement.

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The study noted 18 other countries, including 11 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, allowed transgender people to serve openly, and said Rand found no significant effect on operational effectiveness.

Stone, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, has served in the U.S. Navy for nine years, including a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. "Men and women who are transgender with the courage and capacity to serve deserve more from their commander-in-chief".

In my judgment, the previous administration failed to identify a sufficient basis to conclude that terminating the departments' longstanding policy and practice would not hinder military effectiveness and lethality, disrupt unit cohesion or tax military resources, and there remain meaningful concerns that further study is needed to ensure that continued implementation of last year's policy change would not have those negative effects.

Transgender servicemembers were granted the right to serve openly in June 2016, under President Barack Obama's administration. The White House has said it won't comment on pending litigation. "Trump also directed the departments of Defence and Homeland Security to determine how to address transgender individuals now serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant", CNN reported citing a White House official.

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The suit responds to news that broke Friday regarding the potential ban announced on Twitter by Donald Trump last month.

The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of the ACLU of Maryland and six transgender individuals who are current members of the armed forces, argues that the ban is discriminatory and violates equal protection and due process laws.

"This is such an egregious action by the administration that is totally inconsistent with the DOD's own very well reasoned and researched policy from a year ago that concluded there would be no impact on costs", ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio told CBS News on Tuesday.

"The secretaries have no prudence to modify approach or make cover exceptions for classes of administration individuals", the educators wrote in a reminder put out by the Palm Center. "The most they can decide are the individual fates of now serving transgender personnel, whose presence will be inconsistent with new military policy".

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In addition, a group of current and former military professors released a memo Monday morning arguing that the President has left the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security little discretion in addressing the status of current transgender persons.

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