Five Transgender Service Members Sue President Trump Over Military Ban
The outrage continues over President Trump’s transgender military ban. Five transgender service members are taking legal action against the president and top Pentagon officials. The lawsuits concern the uncertainty now surrounding the status of already enlisted and commissioned transgender service members on account of the President’s twitter statements.
The case built against the President’s transgender ban was organized by two rights groups, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD. They argue that the President’s decision is blatantly discriminatory and even unconstitutional.
Via Fox News:
The suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders, charges the president’s tweets announcing the ban violates the Equal Protection component of the Due Process clauses of the Fifth Amendment.
“The categorical exclusion of transgender people from military service lacks a rational basis, is arbitrary, and cannot be justified by sufficient federal interests,” the complaint argues.
The plaintiffs are listed only as Jane Doe 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
President Trump made a hard decision in prompting the transgender military ban. Those on the Left and who fight for the LGBT cause will perhaps never see eye to eye with the President on the pressing necessity of this military measure.
Shannon Minter, a transgender legal expert and NCLR legal director, said that the ban was already having a detrimental impact on transgender soldiers.
“Trump’s directive to exclude transgender people from military service has created a tidal wave of harms that have already been felt throughout our armed services. Transgender service members have been blindsided by this shift and are scrambling to deal with what it means for their futures and their families,” said Minter in a statement.
Surely President Trump never indented to have a negative impact on the personal lives or career paths of any serving transgender soldiers, instead he prioritized the concepts of military readiness, functionality, and pragmatism to diversity and inclusion.