Supreme Court reinstates Trump’s ban on transgender military personnel
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The Supreme Court, breaking along ideological lines, on Tuesday allowed the Pentagon to move ahead with a plan to limit transgender people from serving in the military while lawsuits contesting the policy work their way through the courts.
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The high court in a 5-4 decision removed injunctions imposed by lower courts that blocked the plan.
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The five conservative justices – Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and President Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – moved to lift the injunctions.
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The court’s liberal wing – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer – would have kept them in place.
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The court decided not to take up the plan itself, as the Trump administration had wanted, opting instead to allow lower courts to hear the legal battle.
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Lambda Legal, which focuses on gay and transgender issues, said it will redouble its efforts to fight the policy.
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“For 30+ months, #transgender troops have been serving our country openly with valor and distinction. Now the rug has been ripped out from under them, once again,” the group said in a tweet.
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President Trump first unveiled the change in policy in a tweet in July 2017 because he said transgender service members pose a threat to national security, declaring the US government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
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It reversed President Obama’s 2016 policy that allowed transgender men and women already serving in the military to do so openly.
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A number of advocacy groups and lawyers for active-duty transgender military personnel sued to stop the policy from taking effect and courts imposed nationwide injunctions.
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The administration’s policy – made official by former Defense Secretary James Mattis – bars transgender people from being in the military unless they serve “in their biological sex” and do not attempt to seek surgery for a gender transition.
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https://nypost.com/2019/01/22/suprem...W102blLRIRI_BM
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My Thoughts:
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If someone can't figure out whether they "want" to be male or female WHY would it be smart to have them in a life and death situation where a decision has to be made instantly?
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As a 20 year veteran I couldn’t be happier with this decision. The military isn’t a social experiment and the mission comes first.
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THANK GOD people are beginning to wake up !!!!!!!