Supreme Court allows military discrimination while lawsuit moves ahead

The Supreme Court will allow President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service to ruin careers of military members by granting a stay
by a vote of 5-4, on two lower courts’ injunctions blocking the policy.

The ruling allows the Pentagon to stop transgender people from joining or remaining in the military while the lower-court decisions forbidding the arbitrary persecution of personnel are appealed.

The justices refused to allow the Trump administration to leapfrog the appeals court, as it had requested in the two cases — Trump v. Karnoski and Trump v. Stockman — which are currently working their way through the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

In both cases, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would have upheld a stay on the ban.

“Allowing Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s transgender troop ban to go into effect harms both transgender service members and our national security,” said Human Rights Campaign National Press Secretary Sarah McBride. “As this critical matter makes its way through the courts, brave transgender patriots deserve to have their constitutional rights protected.”

“Today’s decision thrusts this administration’s discriminatory agenda onto a military that clearly doesn’t want it, and does so at the expense of transgender people’s careers and service,” said McBride who said the group remains committed to fighting for all transgender troops.

“Our military families are incredibly alarmed right now by the court’s decision to lift the injunctions that were blocking implementation of the Trump-Pence administration’s unconscionable transgender military ban,” said American Military Partner Association (AMPA) President Ashley Broadway-Mack, spouse of an active duty U.S. Army officer.

“The thousands of transgender military members and their families serving our nation right now deserve better than this decision, which has compounded the tremendous amount of uncertainty these military families were already facing,” said Broadway-Mack. “Our only hope is that justice will ultimately prevail over blatant bigotry and discrimination when the court hears the full arguments of our case.”

“This president has eroded our standing with the world and is polarizing the populace with a great variety of dangerous, racist, and a misogynist words and deeds that every American should denounce,” said Lisa McCormick. ” call upon the Republican Party to publicly denounce this hate mongering or suffer the consequence of being considered like him.

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