Tuesday, November 27, 2018

President Trump Asks Supreme Court to Fast-Track Ruling on Transgender Military Ban

Photo: Susan Walsh, AP
The Trump administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court to fast-track a ruling on the Pentagon’s policy of restricting military service by transgender people.
The policy, announced by the president over Twitter in 2017, would block many of those with a condition called gender dysphoria from serving in the military and overturn an Obama-era decision that allowed these individuals to serve. Trump's policy does allow transgender individuals to serve, but only if they serve with the sex they were assigned at birth.
Solicitor General Noel Francisco asked in the request Friday that a number of legal challenges to the policy be consolidated and heard before the Supreme Court. The move, though, would bypass federal appeals courts, which have drawn ire from President Donald Trump for rulings against many of his policies.
Legal challenges to the transgender policy have so far been mostly won by advocates who sued on behalf of transgender individuals. Francisco requested Friday that three cases in lower courts be fast-tracked, skipping appeals courts, and heard before the high court so the rulings could be finalized.
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