On Tuesday, a federal court halted implementation of Trump’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the US military. The court halted the ban at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union, according to a blog entry on their site.
The injunctions stops Trump from kicking trans troops out of the armed forces, banning them from enlisting, or cutting them off from transition-related surgeries. In its plea to stop the ban, the ACLU argued that the ban violates the constitution’s equal protection clause by singling out trans people.
The legal advocacy group also argued that the ban discriminates based on sex.
“Today is a victory for transgender service members across the country,” Joshua Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, said in the blog post. “We’re pleased that the courts have stepped in to ensure that trans service members are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Trump’s trans military ban was deeply unpopular among many, including former and current service members. After he announced the ban, MTV invited several transgender members of the armed forces to visit the MTV Video Music Awards.
The federal judiciary continues to be a thorn in Trump’s side. The injunction follows other similar injunctions, like the federal court in Hawaii that put the kibosh on Trump’s updated de facto Muslim ban.
So, to paraphrase Alyssa Edwards, Trump you’re about to get blocked.