The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday filed an emergency motion in its lawsuit against President Trump’s ban on transgender troops, asking for a preliminary injunction while the case works its way through the court.
“Men and women who are transgender should be allowed to serve their country rather than being exposed to this level of uncertainty and harm,” Josh Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, said in a statement. “We’re confident that the courts will eventually strike down this unconstitutional ban. So we’re demanding a court order to prevent this shameful policy from ever being implemented.”
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On Aug. 28, the ACLU filed suit on behalf of six transgender troops, arguing the ban violates equal protection and due process rights.
The ACLU’s suit is one of four against the ban. The others are from the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Outserve-SLDN and Lambda Legal, and Equality California.
NCLR and GLAD have also asked for a preliminary injunction in their lawsuit.
In its filing Thursday, the ACLU argued that the ban is “unconstitutional and invalid” and that there will be “irreparable harm” to transgender troops if the ban is not immediately halted.
“Without a preliminary injunction to preserve the status quo, plaintiffs’ health and careers — and the health and careers of thousands of other transgender service members and qualified individuals who wish to serve — will be irreparably harmed,” the motion said. “The transgender service member ban is unconstitutional and invalid on its face, and the court should enter a preliminary injunction prohibiting Defendants from implementing or enforcing it.”