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Trump administration asks Supreme Court to fast-track ruling on Transgender Military Ban

Team SoOLEGAL 24 Nov 2018 10:30am

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to fast-track ruling on Transgender Military Ban

President Donald Trump’s administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to immediately review lower court rulings blocking a policy of restricting military service by transgender people.

The Trump’s administration has, in fact, repeatedly asked the SC judges to hear appeals in the matter directly from district court rulings – without waiting for decisions from federal appeals courts presently considering the issue.

The US’s highest court seldom allows such a move to leapfrog over the usual appeals process, but Solicitor General Noel Francisco said the Obama-era decision that allowed transgender service imposes “an unreasonable burden on the military that is not conducive to military readiness and lethality.”

President Donald Trump, in July 2017, has announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military. Six months later, following President Trump’s announcement, Defense Secretary James Mattis proposed a modified policy approved by the president that would allow transgender individuals to serve in the military, but only if they agreed to serve “in their biological sex.”

However, the policy proposed by Mattis was immediately challenged, and four federal courts in Washington State, California, and Washington, D.C., issued orders forbidding the government to enforce it, saying that the said policy was nothing more than a plan to carry out the outright ban on transgender military service initially announced by President Trump.

Tagged: Transgender Military Ban   Trump Administration   President Donald Trump   Donald Trump   US Supreme Court   US Defense Secretary James Mattis  
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