Federal court suspends transgender ban in U.S. military
The Court order means that the military cannot take any actions to discharge or treat unfavorably any transgender people who are currently serving in any branch of the military or in the Coast Guard.
The Court order also means that as of January 1, 2018, transgender people will be able to enlist and commission in the military.
A presidential directive that Trump signed in August bars enlistment by trans-gender individuals, prohibits coverage for certain critical medical procedures, and bans those currently in the military from serving.
In an interim guidance he issued later, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said trans-gender personnel in U.S. military will be allowed to re-enlist until February 21, 2018, when he presents the president with a permanent policy on trans-gender ban.
No new sex reassignment surgical procedures for military personnel will be permitted after March 22, 2018. ■