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November 21, 2017

Second Federal Judge Strikes Down Transgender Military Ban

Washington, DC—President Trump’s ban on transgender military service was defeated by a second court ruling today. U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis in Baltimore issued a ruling stating it, "…cannot possibly constitute a legitimate governmental interest.”  NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling offers the following statement:

“A second federal judge has ruled against the President’s shameful ban on transgender military service; this time finding the ban without merit or any legitimate government interest. This is in keeping with the advice of service chiefs, several Members of Congress, the general public and thousands of transgender service members doing their best to keep the nation safe each day, while on active duty.

It’s time to cease this persecution of transgender people both in public spaces and in public service, Mr. President. There are very real threats to our democracy, our nation and its citizens, but transgender people are not among these threats. Despite discrimination and violence endured by many transgender people, all trans people want is the same thing every person wants, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That thousands put on their uniforms each day, and are willing to fight for those freedoms is positive proof.”


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