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Federal Judge Slams President Trump While Blocking His Trans Military Ban

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.  

 In his ruling Judge Garbis wrote:

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.

BuzzFeed News reporter Dominic Holden shared the story in a series of tweets:

As the news broke, the ACLU announced the decision via Twitter:

Many Twitter users were excited by the temporary victory:

And they expressed their gratitude for the ACLU:

This battle may have been won, but the war rages on.

H/T: Bloomberg, Twitter