A second federal judge has blocked President Trump’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military, saying that thousands of transgender people currently serving in the military have “demonstrated that they are already suffering harmful consequences” due to the president’s discriminatory policy, The Washington Post reports.
In a ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis cited “the cancellation and postponements of surgeries, the stigma of being set apart as inherently unfit, facing the prospect of discharge and inability to commission as an officer, the inability to move forward with long-term medical plans, and the threat to their prospects of obtaining long-term assignments.”
The ruling follows a July Tweet by President Trump in which he announced his intent to ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity.
In August, Trump signed a presidential memo officially prohibiting the military from enlisting transgender people and from using funds to pay for gender transition-related surgery. He also gave Defense Secretary James Mattis six months to determine what to do with the thousands of transgender troops who are currently serving.
In October, a federal court blocked Trump in part from changing the military’s transgender policy.
The Hill adds:
A judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled last month that Trump’s directive changing the transgender policy back to what it was before June 2016 and banning new transgender recruits from enlisting cannot be enforced while the case is being reviewed in court.
The November ruling came after six active-duty service members in Maryland challenged the ban.