WASHINGTON — A federal court on Monday blocked President Trump’s ban on transgender service members, preventing the Pentagon from overturning policies initiated by the Obama administration to allow transgender troops from serving openly.
The order in Washington by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly temporarily prevents to the Pentagon from enacting the ban that Trump announced by tweet in July. It is the first court order following challenges to Trump’s ban and can be appealed.
The court found that Trump’s ban likely means the plaintiffs — transgender troops some with decades or meritorious service — had their rights to due process violated.
A spokeswoman for the Justice Department called lawsuit premature because the Pentagon is studying the issue of service by transgender troops.
“We disagree with the court’s ruling and are currently evaluating the next steps,” spokeswoman Lauren Ehrsam said in a statement.