Trump cuts 'disaster' court out of trans military ruling

Trump cuts 'disaster' court out of trans military ruling

That proposal replaced President Trump's plan to ban all transgender military members, which he announced via Twitter in 2017.

After the Trump administration asked the supreme court to issue an unusually quick ruling on the Pentagon's policy of restricting military service by transgender people, critics said the request was likely only to complicate a deteriorating relationship between the president and the federal judiciary.

The administration has since limited the policy to transgender people with a history of gender dysphoria - a condition of recognition that was discarded years ago by doctors when the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual was revised in 2013 and its fifth edition published without Gender Identity Disorder among its recognized mental illnesses.

Civil rights groups and gay rights organizations are fighting the president's order that would prohibit transgender men and women from enlisting, possibly subjecting current service members to discharge and denying them certain medical care.

GLAD, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, represents plaintiffs in Doe v. Trump and Stockman v. Trump - two of the three cases that the Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to review. Lower courts had blocked the administration from implementing the policy. The justices like to have issues percolate below so that they can benefit from the opinions of lower court judges.

US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote last spring that "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".

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If the request is granted, it would mean they would skip appeals courts and go straight to the Supreme Court, according to USA Today.

The ninth United States circuit court of appeals, a frequent target of criticism by Trump, is involved in three of the cases.

So it's rare for the justices to intervene early as the Trump administration has been pressing them to do.

"Francisco added that "[Defense] Secretary [Jim] Mattis and a panel of senior military leaders and other experts determined that the prior policy. posed too great a risk to military effectiveness and lethality".

Trump reversed the policy, prompting outrage and lawsuits, which were ruled against the Trump administration.

The court will hear arguments in the census question case in February. The administration wants the Supreme Court to be able to rule on the issue before the summer. This month he co-authored a New York Times op-ed that called the president's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney-General "illegal" and "unconstitutional".

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