President Trump’s ban on “transgenders” serving in the Armed Forces has been put on hold again.
Trump first talked about a ban last year through a tweet that had no legal authority. However, in August he directed the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security to conduct extensive research to uncover the effects of “transgender” service members on military effectiveness. The research concluded, among other things, that individuals who are transitioning or want to transition should not be eligible to serve in the military. On March 23, Trump sent a memo to the DOD and Homeland instructing them to implement policies that support these findings.
But on Friday of last week, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled to keep in place the injunction she had previously issued until a trial, saying it’s unclear whether recent changes to his administration’s policy are constitutional.
While it isn’t certain exactly how Pechman might rule at the trial, she does show LGBT sympathies. She said, “Because transgender people have long been subjected to systemic oppression and forced to live in silence, they are a protected class. Therefore, any attempt to exclude them from military service will be looked at with the highest level of care.”
However, Heritage Foundation legal expert Alden Abbott suggested, “Because individuals suffering from significant medical difficulties drive up costs and tend to impair combat effectiveness, it is perfectly rational to bar them from military recruitment.”
The date for the trial has not been set yet.
NOTE: FACT provides links to external websites for educational purposes only. The inclusion of any links to other websites does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.
Get News Stories in Your Inbox Every Week
Get more news snapshots like this one by subscribing to our weekly Five Minutes for Families email!