Supreme Court allows Trump administration transgender military policy to go into effect

January 22, 2019

The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would allow the Trump administration’s policy limiting military service for transgender individuals to go into effect while the case is on appeal.

The justices in a 5-4 decision lifted the injunction issued by a district court against the Trump administration while the case is pending at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Stephen Breyer and Justice Sonia Sotomayor would have denied the request.

The policy at issue limits military service for individuals with a history of gender dysphoria unless they meet certain conditions.

It was implemented by former Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis.

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