It should come to no surprise that the federal courts do not like President Donald Trump. Time and time again his executive orders have been blocked by a federal judge who bucked up.
This time Trump’s ban on transgenders in the military has been partially blocked by a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia on Monday. They ruled that the president’s change on the policy cannot be enforced until it is done being reviewed in court.
However, the judge denied the plaintiff’s motion to block the ban on funds for gender reassignment surgery.
In a 76-page memo accompanying the ruling, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed in their case arguing the transgender ban violates their Fifth Amendment right to due process.
She said, “The court finds that a number of factors—including the sheer breadth of the exclusion ordered by the directives, the unusual circumstances surrounding the President’s announcement of them, the fact that the reasons given for them do not appear to be supported by any facts, and the recent rejection of those reasons by the military itself — strongly suggest that Plaintiffs’ Fifth Amendment claim is meritorious.”
The plaintiffs in the case, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), celebrated the injunction Monday as a “complete victory.”“This is a complete victory for our plaintiffs and all transgender service members, who are now once again able to serve on equal terms and without the threat of being discharged,” Shannon Minter, NCLR’s legal director, said in a statement.