Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Fast-Track Transgender Military Ban

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Fast-Track Transgender Military Ban

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Fast-Track Transgender Military Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Circuit is scheduled to hear an appeal of the ruling next month. But Francisco told the Supreme Court the administration cannot afford to wait for those circuits to decide, and that the justices should accept the cases now so they can be heard in the current term.

The Trump administration yesterday asked for an "immediate review" of the plans by the Supreme Court after they were blocked by three lower courts.

Mr Francisco said the military had been forced to continue its prior policy while the courts sorted out the matter.

A 2016 study from RAND Corporation, which was requested by the Defense Department, found allowing transgender people to serve in the military has a "minimal impact on readiness and health care costs", contradicting assertions from the Trump administration to the contrary.

Lower court judges have largely agreed, with judges in federal courts in Washington state, California and Washington, DC refusing to lift injunctions against the original ban to allow the updated policy to be enforced.

The memorandum said transgender individuals with a history of gender dysphoria are disqualified from military service "except under certain limited circumstances".

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He writes because of the injunctions, "the military has been forced to maintain that prior policy for almost a year" despite a determination by Mattis and a panel of experts that the "prior policy, adopted by (Defense Secretary Ash Carter), posed too great a risk to military effectiveness and lethality".

According to reports Friday, the White House is asking the court to take up three challenges to the policy.

Just last month, it was revealed that the Trump administration are considering implementing a policy that would change the definition of sex and gender. "This is simply one more attempt by a reckless Trump administration to push through a discriminatory policy". The administration wants the Supreme Court to be able to rule on the issue before the summer.

"It seems the Trump administration can't wait to discriminate", Peter Renn, Legal Counsel of Lambda Legal, said in a statement.

It is requesting that the top court review lower court rulings blocking a military ban on transgender people.

Earlier this month, the administration asked the high court to fast-track cases on Trump's decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), which shields from deportation young undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children.

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