JUST IN: ACLU slams Trump with lawsuit over transgender ban

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President Trump signed an order Friday, asking the Pentagon to indefinitely extend the ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military — a ban which had been lifted by former president Barack Obama.

The order, which also stops the military from funding gender-reassignment surgery for active military members, is already being hotly challenged.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” President Trump said in a tweet last month.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced in a statement on their website that they filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Monday morning, challenging his order against transgenders in the military.

“BREAKING: We’re taking @realDonaldTrump to court to challenge the unconstitutional transgender military ban,” the ACLU tweeted Monday morning.

Then, in a series of additional tweets, the ACLU stated, “The ban is based on uninformed speculation, myths and stereotypes, and a desire to harm transgender people. Each and every claim made by Trump to justify #TransMilitaryBan is debunked by conclusions drawn from the DOD’s own review process.”

“Men and women who are transgender with the courage and capacity to serve deserve more from their commander-in-chief,” the ACLU wrote, adding that they are representing six service members who are hurt by the transgender ban.

The ACLU stated:

“At the culmination of a thorough process, the Department of Defense concluded in 2016 that there was no basis for the military to exclude transgender individuals from openly serving their country, subject to the same fitness requirements as other service members. This review process carefully considered and rejected the notion that medical costs, military readiness, or other factors presented any reason to discriminate against transgender service members, many of whom had already been serving with honor in silence for years.”

The ACLU said they are filing the lawsuit on behalf of five transgender military members, as follows:

“The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the ACLU of Maryland and five current members of the armed forces who are transgender: Petty Officer First Class Brock Stone, Senior Airman John Doe, Airman First Class Seven Ero George, Petty Officer First Class Teagan Gilbert, and Technical Sergeant Tommie Parker.”

CLICK HERE to view the full lawsuit document the ACLU has filed against President Trump, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.

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