Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Military Personnel, Advocacy Groups Sue Trump Over Proposed Transgender Ban

Military Personnel, Advocacy Groups Sue Trump Over Proposed Transgender Ban

President Trump's recently announced plan to bar transgender people from the armed forces isn't yet policy, but LGBT legal groups have already initiated a lawsuit seeking to enjoin enforcement of the ban.

So far, the armed services have not implemented a ban or moved to discharge anyone, saying that it is awaiting guidance from the White House through formal channels rather than on Twitter.

Five active-duty service members have mounted a lawsuit against President Donald Trump for his stalled transgender military ban.

"We intend to challenge the new policy as unconstitutionally violating the Fifth Amendment's protections of equal protection and due process and are considering additional claims", Davidson told the Daily Dot.

"Transgender people have served our country honorably for years, making our military stronger and more inclusive".

The plaintiffs ask that the court rules unconstitutional Trump's proposed ban on trans people from military service and permanently prohibit "the categorical exclusion of transgender people from military service". He not only declared he would ban them from serving "in any capacity", but heartlessly referred to them as "burdens" and "disruptions" to our military.

"The President's mistreatment of these dedicated troops will serve only to weaken and demoralize our armed forces", Minter added. "Trump's efforts to reinstate the ban are already harming service members, who have been blindsided and are scrambling to deal with what this means for their families and their futures-including the loss of job security, retirement benefits, healthcare, and other serious harms".

But the service members say the Obama-era policy created an expectation they relied on, including informing their commanding officers they are transgender and undergoing medical treatment related to gender transition.

In a lawsuit naming Trump, Defense Secretary Mattis, and other heads of the USA military, the lawsuit cites the Fifth Amendment and states the ban is unconstitutional. They are members of the Air Force, the Coast Guard and the Army, and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. My experience has been positive and I am prouder than ever to continue to serve. It's not necessarily that they're intentionally being misleading, but as we saw when dealing with a possible LGBT-focused religious freedom executive order, what comes out may end up looking very different from what's being worked on.

Besides Trump, the named defendants include Dunford, Sec. of Defense James Mattis, Sec. of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, as well as various branches of the military and their respective secretaries as defendants.

While the ban has yet to go into effect, the lawsuit asserted that the White House "turned [Trump's] decision into official guidance, approved by the White House counsel's office, to be communicated to the Department of Defense".

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