Breaking: Judge rules against Trump in military order

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After a judge denied the president’s order to phase out transgender military enlistments, the Trump administration filed a request for an emergency order Wednesday, Dec. 6, again seeking to block transgenders from enlisting in the military.

On Monday, a federal judge responded, denying the Trump administration’s request and ordering the military to begin accepting transgender recruits effective Jan. 1, 2018.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote in the decision: “The Court is not persuaded that Defendants will be irreparably injured” by going forward with allowing transgenders to join the military.

The judge claimed the Pentagon has had plenty of time to prepare for bringing these individuals into the military.

“With only a brief hiatus, Defendants have had the opportunity to prepare for the accession of transgender individuals into the military for nearly one and a half years,” she wrote, referring to when the policy was initially issued in June 2016. “Especially in light of the record evidence showing, with specifics, that considerable work has already been done, the Court is not convinced by the vague claims in [the government’s] declaration that a stay is needed.

Pentagon spokesman Maj. David Eastburn issued a statement, saying the enlistment of transgender recruits will begin on Jan. 1, in compliance with the judge’s order, and the legal battles will proceed.

Eastburn told The Associated Press on Monday that the new guidelines mean the Pentagon can disqualify potential recruits with gender dysphoria, a history of medical treatments associated with gender transition and those who underwent reconstruction. But such recruits are allowed in if a medical provider certifies they’ve been clinically stable in the preferred sex for 18 months and are free of significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas.

Transgender individuals receiving hormone therapy also must be stable on their medication for 18 months.

The requirements make it challenging for a transgender recruit to pass. But they mirror concerns President Barack Obama’s administration laid out when the Pentagon initially lifted its ban on transgender service last year.

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