SCOTUS allows Trump’s transgender policy in military to remain in effect during case review

SCOTUS allows Trump’s transgender policy in military to remain in effect during case review
Transgender flag. (Image via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

[Ed. – The policy is invariably referred to as a ban, but it isn’t a ban; it’s a policy that the military will not adapt to accommodate members who don’t dress as or use the facilities of their biological sex.]

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender military service to take effect pending the outcome of litigation on the sensitive issue.

The White House had asked the Supreme Court to intervene after lower courts prohibited Trump’s administration from implementing the controversial restrictions.

The Trump administration has said there is “too great a risk to military effectiveness and lethality” to allow transgender people to serve openly — a policy enacted under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.

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The court decided by a narrow 5-4 majority to allow the restrictions as litigation moves forward in lower courts — a ruling praised by the Pentagon.

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