Federal Judge Blocks White House Policy Barring Transgender Troops


Protesters gathered in front of the White House on July 26, in Washington, D.C., the day after President Trump announced that transgender people may not serve “in any capacity” in the US military.

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A United States district court judge has blocked a White House policy barring military service by transgender troops.

In July, President Trump announced on Twitter that “the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” A presidential memorandum said the military could discharge transgender service members by March 2018.

But in the case brought by a transgender service member, the judge issued an injunction Monday, saying “The effect of the Court’s Order is to revert to the status quo.”

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia wrote Monday that transgender members of the military who had sued over the change were likely to win their lawsuit and barred the Trump administration from reversing course.

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