A federal court in Washington has blocked President Donald Trump changing the governmental policy to bar transgender individuals from serving in the military, according to an Associated Press report published by Time.com.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote today (Monday, Oct. 30) that transgender members of the military who had sued over the change were likely to win their lawsuit and barred the Trump administration from banning them from the military.
Trump announced his intention to change the policy, established by President Obama in 2016, that would allowed trans people to serve openly. Even military leaders balked at the idea of the ban.
In her ruling, Kollar-Kotelly wrote, “There is absolutely no support for the claim that the ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effect on the military at all. In fact, there is considerable evidence that it is the discharge and banning of such individuals that would have such effects.”