On Tuesday the United States Supreme Court supported and upheld President Trump’s enforcement of his barring of select transgender individuals in the United States national military. The decision comes as the Justices at the same time put a hold on the lower courts blocking the plan using the grounds of constitutionality.
By deciding as they did, the conservative-leaning majority of the Justices are allowing and giving the power to, the administration enabling the ability to lift injunctions that were issued by the federal judges while waiting to see how the battle play out in the lower courts.
Stating that they would have not changed the injunctions, rather keep them firmly in place, were the liberal Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor. The administration submitted a formal request that the justices proceed with deciding the merits of a legal fight. Being that the California-based federal appeals court is still deliberating, if the Justices had agreed, it would have not given the appeals court time to rule on the matter.
The lawsuits, filed in 2017, challenged the policy and were spearheaded by civil liberties, gay, and transgender rights groups alike. They were filed on behalf of the groups who were current military personnel with decades of experience, as well as some being deployed overseas. Also considered were those individuals who were aspiring to in fact sign up for service in the military at a future date.
In 2017 Trump announced that he had a plan that would, in fact, ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. This was a reversal of a policy that former president Barack Obama had allowed that permitted transgendered individuals to openly serve as well as receiving government-paid medical care to transition their genders.
Then, in 2018 Trump stated he would fully endorse a plan by the then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that reinstated the transgender ban. This policy stated that any individual who was seeking or had already undergone gender transition steps fell under the ban. Also included in the description of the ban was any individual who was suffering from gender dysphoria, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association.
For now, the subject of transgenders serving in the military is still not definitely decided. As the debate continues, transgenders are still serving, with no idea of how long that may continue. However, if President Trump has his way, their days are definitely limited.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will transgenders eventually be banned from serving in the United States military?