Published On: Tue, Nov 28th, 2017

Trump’s Transgender Ban Thwarted By Judge Who Ordered Military To Resume Obama Policy

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. military to resume admitting transgender service members by January 1, 2018, thereby reinstating former President Barack Obama’s landmark policy.

Earlier this year President Donald Trump issued a presidential memorandum directing Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke to “return to the longstanding policy and practice on military service by transgender individuals that was in place prior to June 2016,” and to halt the use of military “resources to fund sex reassignment surgical procedures for military personnel.”

The news comes hot on the heels of an August court ruling by the U.S. District Court that ruled that the president’s memorandum banning new transgender recruits from becoming service members could not be enforced while the case was still under legal review.

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Trump’s Transgender Ban Thwarted By Judge Who Ordered Military To Resume Obama Policy