Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote an order that blocks the enforcement of President Donald J. Trump’s ban on transgender men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces. Judge Kollar-Kotelly:
“The reasons the Trump Administration gave for enacting the ban do not appear to be supported by any facts.”
POTUS touted the policy change as a cost-saving measure, but analysis of the military budget found that spending on health care for transgender service members would be minuscule.
Trump released his memorandum on the ban in August after first announcing the policy change in a flurry of tweets in July. He has faced legal challenges from current and would-be transgender service members who fear that the directives of the Presidential Memorandum will have devastating impacts on their careers and their families.
POTUS’s memorandum came just over a year after President Barack Obama and The Pentagon’s 2016 decision to lift the ban on transgender service members, which came after an exhaustive review of military readiness policies. However, that bigly pumpkin colored blob claimed he reversed the decision after consulting military experts. That claim was made by a man who has trouble distinguishing the truth from his fantasies.
Yesterday’s court order requires both The White House and the plaintiffs to file a joint status report detailing how they plan to proceed in the matter by November 10.