On January 22, the US Supreme Court issued an order lifting three of four injunctions that blocked the Trump Administration’s discriminatory policy barring transgender individuals from openly serving in the military. While the justices did not rule on the merits of the case, this order could allow the ban to go into effect while lower courts work through the legal challenges to the ban. GLMA Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued the following statement in response:
“Today’s decision allowing the Trump Administration’s discriminatory ban to take effect is a slap in the face to the thousands of transgender individuals honoring this country through military service. There is no justification for this unfounded ban on military service, which is nothing short of a shallow attack on all transgender people.
“GLMA was proud to have opposed the ban by joining amicus briefs stating there is no legitimate medical reason to prohibit military service for transgender individuals. As the court challenges to the ban move forward, we will continue to work with our sister organizations and partners to put an end to this offensive policy.”
Click here to see amicus brief that GLMA joined, which urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to uphold the lower court ruling in Karnoski v. Trump that previously blocked the administration's discriminatory ban on transgender military service.