Transgender Military Ban Lifted

Maryland Judge Is Tired

Maya Abu-Sada, Staff Reporter

President Trump’s transgender military ban has been making many people struggle over the past few months by not letting them do what they love. Back in 2016, President Obama issued an executive order to allow all transgender people to serve in the military freely. 19 other countries including Norway, Canada, England, Israel, Australia and etc already allow transgender individuals to openly serve. But on March 23rd 2018, Trump signed a memo that would be banning all transgender military members from being able to serve, saying that transgender soldiers are a “disruption” and a “distraction” to the other people serving. He blamed them for “tremendous military costs.”  

Recently, a federal judge in Maryland finally decided to take action on this and lifted the ban. Although the fate of the transgender ban is still being played out in court, there is a chance it could come back and slam harder than ever. Earlier this year in January, the Supreme Court enabled the policy to go into effect while legal challenges proceeded in lower courts. US District Judge George Russell had not lifted his court’s injunction on the ban, preventing the Pentagon from moving ahead, but on March 7th of this year, Russell finally agreed with the Justice Department that the transgender military ban will officially be lifted.

“The department of Defense will be able to implement personnel policies it determined necessary to best defend our nation as litigation continues,” said the spokesperson of the Justice Department, Kelly Laco. In July of 2017, president Trump tweeted that he would place a ban on transgender individuals in the military, then it was announced last March that the ban was placed. The Supreme Court unsigned 5-4 orders to allow the ban to begin and start working. Judge George Russell issued an injunction last fall that would block the ban from going forward since it faces serious legal challenges. The Supreme Court terminated two temporary injunctions against the policy but the Maryland injunction stood until Thursday, March 7th. Although the injunction ruled on by the D.C Circuit Court is still in place, advocates say it remains intact for the time being to concede plaintiff’s lawyers time to indicate whether or not to request a rehearing by the appeals court’s full bench. So far, the lawyers have not decided if they want to do another hearing, but in a few statements, the organizations leading the suit expressed confidence they would ultimately strike this Trump policy.