Two new lawsuits filed challenging President Trump’s transgender military ban
By Brian Seay
Then-candidate Trump waves a rainbow flag that reads “LGBT’s for Trump” at a rally in Colorado last fall. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
Two federal lawsuits were filed Monday alleging that President Trump’s ban on transgender troops violates the Constitution.
The suits come just days after the president issued a memo outlining implementation of the ban, which, by early next year, seeks to roll back an Obama-era decision to lift a previous transgender ban in the U.S. military.
The commander in chief surprised some senior members of the military late last month when he announced in a series of tweets that he’d enforce the ban, citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption” as his reasoning.
“In my judgment, the previous Administration failed to identify a sufficient basis to conclude that terminating the Departments’ longstanding policy and practice would not hinder military effectiveness and lethality, disrupt unit cohesion, or tax military resources,” Trump wrote in the presidential memo issued Friday.
In Maryland, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit Monday on behalf of six transgender military members. The suit claims the president’s ban “violates the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and substantive due process by singling out transgender individuals for unequal and discriminatory treatment.” Lawyers for the ACLU