Federal Judge blocks President's Transgender military ban enforcement

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally in Decatur on Oct. 28 2017

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally in Decatur on Oct. 28 2017

"The decision of a federal judge in the District of Columbia enjoining President Trump's executive order on transgenderism in the military is absolutely ridiculous and is a ideal example of the outlandish doctrine of judicial supremacy whereby judges exalt themselves over the Constitution they are sworn to uphold", Moore, a former state Supreme Court chief justice, said in a statement on Monday.

The order by Kollar-Kotelly temporarily prevents the Pentagon from enacting the ban imposed by Trump early this year.

Sasha Buchert is a transgender veteran and a lawyer with Lambda Legal, one of several LGBTQ advocacy groups challenging President Trumps's policy in court.

In response to the ruling, the Justice Department said, "We disagree with the court's ruling and are now evaluating the next steps", The New York Times reported.

"Their lives have been devastated since Trump first tweeted he was reinstating the ban", Minter said.

The military is now required to return to "the status quo", and allow trans troops to serve openly.

A federal judge handed President Donald Trump another setback, blocking enforcement of key provisionsof his memo banning transgender people from serving in the military.

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On Twitter and during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly called Bergdahl a traitor and deserter, and expressed disdain for the Obama administration's decision to gain his freedom through a controversial prisoner swap.

Minter said the new court ruling means they will be able to enlist as of that date.

Monday's ruling was seen as an encouraging step for supporters.

"The reasons given" by the Trump administration for this ban "do not appear to be supported by any facts", the judge claimed.

At the same time, however, she allowed to let stand a block on military funding for sex reassignment surgery for members of the armed forces.

"Today's preliminary injunction is an important step in the ongoing efforts to protect transgender service members from the unsafe and discriminatory policies of Donald Trump", HRC legal director Sarah Warbelow said in a statement.

Oral arguments are scheduled November 9 for the Baltimore lawsuit, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of six transgender service members. That report estimated there were 2,450 active-duty transgender service members and 1,510 in the military reserves.

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