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Trump Military Transgender Ban Blocked During High Court Appeal

Nov. 30, 2018, 11:33 PM

A federal judge rejected Nov. 30 the Justice Department’s request to stay her injunction that blocks the Trump administration’s plan to ban military service by transgender people.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in October 2017 enjoined the administration from carrying iout the ban because it appeared to be unconstitutionally discriminatory. The administration Nov. 23 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of injunctions from Kollar-Kotelly and two other federal judges that are blocking the ban.

Kollar-Kotelly refused to stay her injunction while it’s on appeal to the Supreme Court. She rejected the DOJ’s contention that the ban considers medical status rather than gender identity.

She also rejected the government’s request to narrow the injunction’s scope so that it covers only the plaintiffs in this case rather than on a nationwide basis.

The case is Doe v. Trump, D.D.C., No. 1:17-cv-01597, stay denied 11/30/18.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jon Steingart in Washington at jsteingart@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jo-el J. Meyer at jmeyer@bloomberglaw.com

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