A federal court ruled on Thursday that the Trump administration’s efforts to bar transgender people from serving in the US military could move forward, giving the administration another opportunity to implement the policy.
The decision comes after the Supreme Court ruled in January that the Trump administration could begin implementing its transgender military ban. Due to an injunction in the Maryland case of Stone v. Trump, however, the ban was never put into effect.
US District Judge George Russell III’s Thursday decision comes in Stone v. Trump, with the judge ruling that “the Court is bound by the Supreme Court’s decision.”
A Department of Defense spokesperson told INSIDER that there is no timeline yet for when the transgender military ban will actually be implemented. However, the ACLU said that an additional block on the ban still exists from a different case.
A federal court ruled on Thursday that the Trump administration’s ban on transgender service members could take effect as courts continue to mull over the issue, bringing the administration even closer to enforcing the policy.
The decision comes after the US Supreme Court lifted two injunctions on the ban in January to allow it to go into effect. However, due to an injunction in the Maryland case of Stone v. Trump, which was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of transgender plaintiffs who are either currently serving in the armed forces or plan to enlist, the ban was never fully implemented.
Thursday’s ruling gives the administration another opportunity to move forward with a policy first proposed over Tweet by the president in July 2017. The ban, which was later officially released by then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis in a 2018 memorandum, blocks anyone with a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving in the military. Mattis added that transgender individuals could remain in the military as long as they served “in their biological sex” and did not undergo gender-transition surgery.
The case in Maryland was filed days after the president ordered the Pentagon to not allow the recruitment of transgender people, The Washington Post reported.
BREAKING: A Maryland court just ruled to let Trump’s trans military ban take effect while our case moves forward.
One court ordered block remains in place, thankfully. We’ll keep fighting this every step of the way.
— ACLU (@ACLU) March 7, 2019
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Source:: Business Insider