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Federal judge blocks Trump's effort to ban transgender people from military
Transgender people will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, a federal judge ruled Monday.
By Delila James
Jan 12, 2018

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WASHINGTON D.C. — A federal judge in Washington D.C. ruled Monday that a pause in President Trump's effort to ban transgender people from the military can remain in effect pending additional legal review.

Transgender people will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who rejected the Trump administration's argument that it needs more time to prepare to process new transgender recruits, also said the ban likely runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution's rights to due process and equal protection of the laws.

"The court is not persuaded that defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on Jan. 1, 2018," the judge wrote, as reported by The New York Times.

Later on Monday, a federal judge in Seattle separately blocked the ban on transgender troops in the military.

White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told reporters that the administration is seeking ways to implement the ban.

"The Department of Justice is currently reviewing the legal options to ensure the president's directive is implemented," she said.

Trump announced the ban on transgender troops on Twitter in July.

"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," the president wrote.

Although Trump cited the "tremendous medical costs and disruption" associated with transgender troops, a 2016 study by the RAND Corporation found that allowing transgender people in the military would "have minimal impact on readiness and health care costs."