Lawsuit Filed In Trump Directive To Ban Transgenders From Military
WASHINGTON, D.C -- The first legal action is being taken against President Trump's directive to prohibit transgender individuals in the U.S. military.
A lawsuit was filed today by five transgender active duty military members to block the plan. The service members, who aren't named in the suit, argue Trump's ban is unconstitutional and it could lead to early termination or no renewals of contracts.
The President's three-tweet plan to stop transgender individuals from serving in the military has yet to be formally implemented, but attorneys for the service members have asked a federal court in Washington to block it immediately.
The President's plan hasn't been formally implemented, but attorneys for the five are asking a federal court in Washington, DC for an immediate block of the ban.
Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter allowed for a year-long review process to give the Pentagon time to assess how it would accept new transgender recruits into the military, and current Defense Secretary James Mattis announced in June that he was delaying the implementation of the new policy, saying he needed more time to review it.
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