People attend a news conference in July 2017 were Democratic lawmakers voice opposition to the President's policy of banning transgender people in the military. That Obama-era policy was hailed as ending an era of legal and professional limbo for trans people in the USA armed service; Carter said the decision was made out of a desire to attract "all talent possible" to serve in the military. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail".
"For the past two-and-a-half years, thousands of qualified, transgender individuals have made our nation's armed forces better, in every measurable quality, with their authentic service", OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Andy Blevins said.
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"The ban would essentially restore "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for transgender service members, only allowing them to serve if they hide their true identity", she said. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans to phase out the program and acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke then terminated the program. That's a shift. Under previous court orders, transgender individuals had been allowed to enlist in the military since January 1, 2018.
It also requires that military personnel serve as members of their biological gender.
Service members who were diagnosed with "gender dysphoria" before the effective date of the policy can still serve and receive medical treatment.
But transgender people without a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria who are otherwise qualified for service may serve "in their biological sex".
The administration said courts should defer to the Defense Department's judgment.
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Iran has denied that any of its soldiers were killed, but recent statements don't suggest Teheran is backing down from the fight. Aziz Nasirzadeh said his country was "fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the earth".
The policy is not a "blanket ban", the court concluded, because "not all transgender persons seek to transition to their preferred gender or have gender dysphoria". A 2016 survey estimated that about 1 per cent of active duty service members, about 9,000 men and women, identify as transgender. Troops who relied on the Obama-era rules regarding gender transition to begin the process will be allowed to serve.
Shortly after the court's order, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted that the policy was "purpose-built to humiliate courageous men & women seeking to serve their country". Meanwhile, the president's ban was challenged in court.
"We are pleased the Supreme Court granted stays in these cases, clearing the way for the policy to go into effect while litigation continues". The court's nine judges will next consider docket cases in mid-February.
The four liberal judges on the court opposed the ruling.
The ruling reversed the orders implemented by lower courts, which had prevented the Pentagon from proceeding with the plan. Lower court rulings have left the program in place and allowed recipients to renew their status, which lets them stay in the US and attend school or work.
Although the court has allowed the ban to take effect, it rejected the department's request to hear oral arguments for now, which means the cases will continue to move through the appeal and lower courts.
With the Supreme Court refusing to take up either case this term, DACA is safe - for now. "As this critical matter makes its way through the courts, fearless transgender patriots deserve to have their constitutional rights protected".