The Supreme Court just delivered a massive 5-4 ruling in favor of President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban.On Tuesday, the Justices on the High Court didn’t rule on the merits of the case, but held that the ban will go into effect while the lower courts work through appeals.
The four liberal Justices objected to the Trump administrations policy that banned most transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.
The policy was first announced by Trump in July 2017 and later confirmed by then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis last year.
While the policy is in effect, it blocks individuals who have been diagnosed with a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving.
The policy also indicates that individuals without the condition can serve in the armed forces, but only if they do so according to their biological sex.
SCOTUS 5-4 grants Trump Administration request to permit Administration’s transgender military service ban to take effect, while appeals are heard in lower courts.
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After the SCOTUS decision, Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Carla Gleason released a statement indicating that the policy is aimed at ensuring all military members are fully capable of handling their duties and has nothing to do with politics.
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“As always, we treat all transgender persons with respect and dignity. DoD’s proposed policy is NOT a ban on service by transgender persons. It is critical that DoD be permitted to implement personnel policies that it determines are necessary to ensure the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world,” the statement read.
DoD’s proposed policy is based on professional military judgment and will ensure that the U.S. Armed Forces remain the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world,” it added.
In July 2017, Trump made the announcement via Twitter, indicating that numerous military leaders supported the decision and argued that some transgender individuals would not be capable of effectively doing their job in battle.
“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,” Trump said. “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 wrote at the time in a series of tweets.
In 2016, the U.S. government listed 8,980 service members that identified as transgender.
During the Obama administration, 937 members were diagnosed with gender dysphoria and began or completed their transition.
The Trump administration and Department of Defense have made it clear that this ban has nothing to do with politics.
It has to do with ensuring that those in combat are not dealing with medical side effects or health issues associated with “changing” their gender.
The transition process is dangerous and often comes with serious side effects, which would place soldiers at risk in the field or in combat.