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Lawsuits detail the harms of Trump's ban on transgender military service

Lawsuits detail the harms of Trump's ban on transgender military service

The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU of Maryland on behalf of five current transgender servicemembers, argues that the ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory. Trump claimed that having transgender people serving in the armed forces was medically expensive and disruptive.

Last month, after Trump signaled, in a Twitter post, his intention to ban transgendered people, Soto released a statement that included, "There are over 15,000 transgender military service men and women now risking their lives every day protecting our country".

Regarding military personnel who have already "transitioned" and are now serving, Trump is leaving it up to Mattis to decide if they will be allowed to stay until their duty is over or if they are to be forced out.

"This boycott not just wrongfully averts enthusiastic, gifted Americans from serving, it additionally bargains the wellbeing and security of our nation", Lambda Legal senior lawyer Peter Renn said in an announcement.

Basically, the lawsuit argues kicking transgender people out of the military breaks the Constitution's mandate that they be treated the same as everyone else under the law. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. "Men and women who are transgender with the courage and capacity to serve deserve more from their commander-in-chief".

While a White House official refused to specify on Friday whether or not there might be any case in which a transgender service member now in the military could remain in the service, the White House says the Pentagon will decide a best "implementation plan" to address the situation by a deadline of March 23, 2018.

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The two new lawsuits claim the ban violates the Fifth Amendment's due process clause and discriminates on the basis of sex.

The lawsuit questions the premise for the ban cited in the president's tweets.

Thorn said those estimates don't include the National Guard, which he says adds a note of irony to Trump signing the ban on the day Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas.

According to the news statement, a RAND Corp. study found that out of 1.3 million service members, an estimated 1,320 to 6,630 active-duty personnel are transgender. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Karnoski v. Trump, are two transgender people who wish to serve in the military - Ryan Karnoski and an unnamed high school student - as well as Staff Sergeant Cathrine Schmid, a transgender woman now in the U.S. Army who has served for more than 12 years; the Human Rights Campaign; and the Seattle-based Gender Justice League. The military can, however, continue to pay for the surgery for current members if it would put the health of individuals in transition in danger. The president's memo calls on Defense Secretary James Mattis and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke to "determine how to address transgender individuals now serving in the United States military".

A third lawsuit was filed earlier this month by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in federal court in the District of Columbia.

The ACLU has recorded a different suit in the United Stated District Court for the District of Maryland by the ACLU for the benefit of transgender administration individuals, including Petty Officer First Class Brock Stone and others.

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