Allow transgender people to serve in the USA military
Aug 29 2017
The President signed a memorandum that would reverse an Obama-era decision to allow transgender individuals to openly serve in the United States military. This order reverses that course, and we strongly urge President Trump to do the right thing by allowing transgender people to serve in the USA armed forces.
The ACLUcomplaint calls the new policy a betrayal to existing service members who came out publicly to military personnel following a directive issued previous year by President Barack Obama's defense secretary, Ashton Carter.
"Trump also directed the departments of Defense and Homeland Security to determine how to address transgender individuals now serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant", CNN reported citing a White House official.
They argue the ban violates the equal protection, due process and free speech guarantees of the Constitution.
The ACLU has also helped stall Trump's proposed ban against travelers from several Muslim-majority countries, a narrowed version of which took effect in June pending a U.S. Supreme Court hearing in October.
The lawsuit was filed just days after Trump formally ordered the Pentagon to ban the recruitment of openly transgender people and to determine whether those already serving should be allowed to remain.
The lawsuits are the first filed in federal courts since the President's guidance to the Pentagon was issued on Friday. "But their President deprives them of an opportunity to serve on equal terms as others simply because they are transgender".
The two locations maximize the chance that the pro-transgender cases will be heard by progressive judges, who may declare that Trump's power as Commander in Chief is insufficient to stop the enlistment of people who say they are living as members of the other sex.
WASHINGTON (BP) - President Trump has directed the U.S. Armed Forces to "return to the longstanding policy" of precluding transgender individuals from military service. A second lawsuit was filed in Monday in Seattle federal court by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN.
Estimates of the total number of transgender troops in the US military range from just over 1,000 to more than 10,000.
Senior Airman Doe has served for approximately six years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, where he was awarded "Airman of the Year" for his flight and hopes to serve in the armed forces for his entire career. Studies and advocates place the number of trans people now serving in the armed forces between 1,300 and 11,000.
"The Trump administration has provided no evidence that this announcement was based on any analysis of the actual cost and disruption allegedly caused by allowing men and women who are transgender to serve openly", the complaint reads.