Judge Rules Trump Can’t Block Transgender Recruits

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

In addition to a recent ruling that the Trump regime cannot remove or deny access to health care for transgender service members in the military, a federal judge has clarified that her ruling also prohibits the regime from blocking new transgender recruits.

Amusingly, the new ruling was issued late last night because Team Trump asked for it.

via Buzzfeed:

The Justice Department asked [US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.] to clarify that her court's injunction did not prevent Defense Secretary James Mattis from "exercising his discretion to defer the January 1, 2018 effective date for the accession" portion — as in, recruitment policies — of the Obama-era order allowing for transgender military service. [...]

Rather than clarifying as the Justice Department wanted — issuing a ruling that Mattis could keep delaying the date — Kollar-Kotelly did the opposite, clarifying that the court's injunction meant the Jan. 1, 2018, date has to stay.

The Trump regime has appealed the ruling in D.C. under the jurisdiction of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals which is not friendly territory.

There are reasons to believe the Fourth Circuit will uphold the lower court ruling beyond the regime's completely baseless arguments in support of the transgender ban. The Fourth Circuit has ruled against other anti-transgender laws, such as North Carolina's anti-transgender "bathroom bill," and a school district in Virginia that prohibited a transgender student from using the boy's bathroom.

If an anti-transgender bathroom bill or policy is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, or violates Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, a ban on transgender military service would have to be.

The idea the transgender people do not deserve equal rights is the radical idea.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Court sides with liberals: damn activist judges writing laws from the bench!
    Court sides with conservative: See? Told you I was right!

    Bunch of hypocritical assholes.

    The idea the transgender people do not deserve equal rights is the radical idea.

    Tell that to the conservatives. A boomber told me just the other day that gay rights weren’t an issue when he was growing up, because there were barely any gay people. He couldn’t process that there weren’t any gay people because all the gay people were in hiding. No, it’s just that uppity liberals are trying to change the established order and shove “alternative lifestyles” down their throats.

    This is how they all think. This all just wouldn’t be an issue if those damned trannies and fa**ots would go back into the closet where they belong. The old days were good days [for straight white male Christians] – why are liberals always trying to change things for the worse?

    Got it? The issue isn’t that they aren’t being treated equally. The issue is that they aren’t conforming to mold of a 1950’s sitcom.

    As ever, the conservative mindset can best be summed up thusly: “Freedom for me, but not for thee!”

  • muselet

    This was a reasonable and almost inevitable ruling.

    By tomorrow morning, Righty media will be baying for Colleen Kollar-Kotelly’s blood.