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Trump Administration Wins Ruling in Transgender-Ban Lawsuit (3)

Jan. 4, 2019, 3:28 PMUpdated: Jan. 4, 2019, 4:18 PM

A federal appeals court handed U.S. President Donald Trump his first victory in an effort to ban many transgender Americans from serving in the military, lifting a court’s injunction against the new policy.

The February 2018 plan crafted by former defense secretary Jim Mattis, at the president’s request, appears less restrictive than the blanket ban initially promised by Trump because it allows transgender people to serve if they do so “in their biological sex,” a panel of three judges in Washington ruled Jan. 4.

The ban still can’t be immediately implemented, however, because injunctions from several other courts remain in ...