U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis in Baltimore, Maryland, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, has temporarily stopped Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with the August directive to ban transgender people from enlisting in the armed forces. The Tuesday ruling put a halt to three major components of the ban by preventing the military from discharging current soldiers, blocking the administration from barring their enlistment, and stopping the administration from denying soldiers from transition-related surgery.
The lack of any justification for the abrupt policy change, combined with the discriminatory impact to a group of our military service members who have served our country capably and honorably, cannot possibly constitute a legitimate governmental interest. ... A capricious, arbitrary, and unqualified tweet of new policy does not trump the methodical and systematic review by military stakeholders qualified to understand the ramifications of policy changes.
A federal judge in DC had already suspended the key parts of Trump's transgender military ban on Oct. 30 — but many folks didn't notice amid the busy news cycle that day.— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) November 21, 2017
Here was my story at the time: https://t.co/iW44EiBdQ5 pic.twitter.com/JZ7aHkvcf9
Federal judge slams Trump's tweets in his order blocking trans military ban.— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) November 21, 2017
"A capricious, arbitrary, and unqualified tweet of new policy does not trump the methodical
& systematic review by military stakeholders qualified to understand the ramifications of policy changes." pic.twitter.com/OcPHEBWT1S
Thank God for judges that do what they were appointed to do!!!— ⚜️8-2!!!!!⚜️ (@gvicknair) November 21, 2017
My three favorite monthly contributions. Planned Parenthood St Jude-and ACLU.— Joyce (@JoyeNorris1) November 21, 2017
This battle may have been won, but the war rages on.