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Trump’s Promised Ban on Trans Soldiers Blocked by Federal Judge

Oct. 30, 2017, 5:32 PM

A U.S. judge temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s promised ban on transgender Americans serving in the armed forces, ruling that an earlier policy of inclusion must remain in effect.

The ban, due to be implemented in March 2018, is a form of discrimination based on gender and is already causing harm to personnel, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington said in a ruling Oct. 30 (Doe v. Trump, D.D.C., No. 1:17-cv-01597, opinion 10/30/17).

“There is absolutely no support for the claim that the ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effect on the military at...

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