Current and Former Service Members Oppose Transgender Military Ban on Capitol Hill
Since President Trump’s July tweets proposing a ban on transgender people serving openly in the military, and a purge of openly transgender service members, the Pentagon has been working on a plan to fill out the details. Two panels convened by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis have until February to present a plan to the President.
Meanwhile, opponents of the ban have mounted a formidable defense. The Trump administration is currently facing four lawsuits related to the ban. Two of the judges presiding over these cases, in the District of Columbia and in Baltimore, have called for a halt to the ban while their cases proceed. A judge in Washington state is expected to issue a ruling today.