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.
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.