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Equality advocates sue Trump over military transgender ban: What you need to know

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and the groups Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed federal lawsuits this morning against the Trump administration over its recent and outrageous attempt to ban transgender Americans from serving their country in the armed forces. This is from a post by ACLU staff attorney Chris Strangio [1]:

“Today, we and the ACLU of Maryland filed a lawsuit [2] to challenge President Trump’s cruel policy on behalf of Petty Officer First Class Brock Stone, Staff Sergeant Kate Cole, Senior Airmen John Doe, Technical Sergeant Tommie Parker, Airman First Class Seven Ero George, and Petty Officer First Class Teagan Gilbert.

Our lawsuit argues that the ban violates the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and substantive due process by singling out transgender individuals for unequal and discriminatory treatment.

Every justification that the president has offered in support of the ban has already been thoroughly reviewed and debunked by the Department of Defense itself when it adopted a policy permitting military service by transgender individuals last year.

Military, medical and legal experts have concluded that allowing open service by transgender individuals, many of whom have been serving in silence for years, does not disrupt military readiness or unit cohesion and imposes negligible costs. By contrast, barring transgender individuals from joining the military and discharging those who are already serving is exceedingly costly and undermines national security and military readiness.

President Trump’s hateful and discriminatory agenda has nothing to do with military readiness…

President Trump can try to impose this transgender ban, but we will fight him every step of the way.”

And this is from a post by the folks at Lambda Legal [3]:

“Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today filed a federal lawsuit [4] challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender individuals.

The lawsuit [5] — brought in response to President Trump’s formal issuance of directions to military authorities late Friday — was filed on behalf of two individuals who seek to join the military; one current service member who seeks appointment as an officer; the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization; and Gender Justice League, a gender and sexuality civil and human rights organization, headquartered in Seattle.

‘This ban not only wrongfully prevents patriotic, talented Americans from serving, it also compromises the safety and security of our country,’ Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said.”

Stay tuned to NC Policy Watch for updates as these cases proceed.