Trump hit with another lawsuit over transgender soldiers

A fourth lawsuit has now been filed against President Trump over the order he signed on Aug. 25 which indefinitely extends a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military.

Legal action had already been taken by the ACLU in Maryland, Lambda Legal in Washington state, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, a new lawsuit was filed by the advocacy group, Equality California, on behalf of a pair of transgender California residents who were attempting to join the military and by a group of four other current military service members.

The plaintiffs in the suit claim that President Trump’s reinstatement of the ban on transgenders has no “rational basis” and that it discriminates against transgenders.

“This action, brought on behalf of transgender individuals, seeks to ensure that all qualified Americans have an equal opportunity to serve in the United States military, that transgender individuals are free from arbitrary and invidious discrimination and that the constitutional rights of transgender individuals to autonomy, privacy and freedom of expression are respected and protected,” the lawsuit reads.

“On the one hand, you want as many Americans to serve as possible. On the other hand, the effectiveness and lethality and deployability of the military, those bookends exist,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said last week, explaining that he intends to develop a plan to carry out Trump’s order.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. 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,” Trump stated in a Twitter post on July 26.

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