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Federal judge bars Trump's transgender ban for military
The judge's order bars the military from discharging transgender service members and stops the administration from prohibiting their enlistment before a trial.
By James Carlin
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Feb 22, 2018

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WASHINGTON D.C. — In yet another courtroom setback for the Trump administration, a federal judge on Tuesday issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the administration from implementing the president's August directive barring transgender people from all military service.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis appointed by a Republican in Baltimore, Maryland, called Trump's tweets announcing the measure "capricious" and "arbitrary."

"A capricious, arbitrary, and unqualified tweet of new policy does not trump the methodical and systematic review by military stakeholders qualified to understand the ramifications of policy changes," Garbis said, as reported by Bloomberg.

The judge's order bars the military from discharging transgender service members and stops the administration from prohibiting their enlistment before a trial. The administration also cannot decline transition-related surgeries for transgender personnel.

The Americans for Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represented several transgender soldiers before the court, denounced Trump's ban as discriminatory. The group also argued that the president failed to take legitimate military policy into account by instituting the transgender ban based solely on wanting to please his religious base.

"Today is a victory for transgender service members across the country," said Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU, in a statement. "We're pleased that the courts have stepped in to ensure that trans service members are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve."

The White House disagreed with the court's ruling.

"The president's directive is legal and promotes our national security," said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.