FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2019
CONTACT: Tyler Richard, 646-905-8868
BALTIMORE – A federal court today ruled that the Trump administration’s ban on transgender service members could move forward while courts review the issue. The decision comes in Stone v. Trump, the American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit on behalf of a dozen transgender individuals currently serving or wanting to serve in the armed forces.
The decision comes after the Supreme Court lifted the blocks in two other challenges to the Trump administration’s ban. One additional block on the ban still exists from a different case.
Joshua Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project had the following response:
“While not surprising, this decision is deeply disappointing for our clients and for transgender service members across the nation. Each and every claim made by President Trump to justify this ban can be easily debunked by the conclusions drawn from the Department of Defense’s own review process. We will continue to fight against this discriminatory policy and the Trump administration’s attacks on transgender people. Our clients are brave men and women who should be able to continue serving their country ably and honorably without being discriminated against by their own commander in chief.”
The order is available here: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/stone-v-trump-order-granting-motion-stay-preliminary-injunction
More information on Stone v. Trump is available here: https://www.aclu.org/cases/stone-v-trump
This statement is online here: https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-comment-federal-court-decision-trans-military-ban-case