President Donald Trump has been facing an uphill battle as he tries to implement and enforce numerous bans including his highly contested immigration ban, which was blocked by a federal judge. Well, it seems Trump is facing a similar situation regarding his transgender military ban after a federal judge has ruled against this ban as well.
The ban, which was announced in August via Trump’s go-to platform, Twitter, was denied by a Washington D.C. federal judge as it made its way through the courts. Trump and Republicans said the main issue with transgender military members serving was the cost the military would be forced to pay for gender reassignment surgery.
“Please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump wrote in a series of tweets. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
A group of transgenders service members had asked the federal courts to block the order, according to Reuters. United States District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly observed in her ruling that many transgenders currently serving in the military “fear that the directives of the Presidential Memorandum will have devastating impacts on their careers and their families.”
She added in her order that there was also a lack of physical facts supporting the need for the ban.
A plethora of federal judges have spoken out in opposition to the mandate. How much it cost the military to provide assistance to transgender members is still under review. Kollar-Kotelly was the first to strike down the order.
This has been a controversial topic within the US as of late. Liberals have argued that it is any transgender’s given right to serve in the military if they meet all requirements. Conservatives worry that transgenders would only join to have the expensive surgery covered.
If there is factual evidence substantiating Trump’s claim that the cost to the government would be excessive, the order could eventually become law.