Donald Trump takes bid to restrict transgender troops to US Supreme Court

Transgender U.S. army captain Jennifer Sims lifts her uniform

Transgender U.S. army captain Jennifer Sims lifts her uniform

The Trump administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to immediately take up the legal battle over transgender military service, asking the justices to act even before the issue has gone through the lower courts.

Typically, the nation's top court waits until regional appeals courts have ruled on an issue before weighing its constitutionality.

On Friday, the Trump administration filed petitions to the Supreme Court asking for its "immediate review" of the constitutional challenges to the ban.

Trial judges have ruled that there is no evidence that service by transgender people threatens military cohesion or readiness.

"Francisco added that "[Defense] Secretary [Jim] Mattis and a panel of senior military leaders and other experts determined that the prior policy. posed too great a risk to military effectiveness and lethality".

President Trump's decision late Friday to ban transgender Americans from serving in the us military was blasted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who called the move "cowardly" and "disgusting".

Between 4,000 and 10,000 USA active-duty and reserve service members are believed to be transgender.

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The events giving rise to the government's appeals began in 2016, when then-Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that transgender individuals would be allowed to serve in the military. The National Center for Transgender Equality notes that there are approximately 15,000 transgender people presently serving in the USA armed forces and that an estimated 134,000 U.S. veterans are trans.

The memorandum said transgender individuals with a history of gender dysphoria are disqualified from military service "except under certain limited circumstances". He's declared that gender is only defined as the sex a person was assigned at birth and has since ended protections for transgender workers and prisoners.

Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, said Saturday that the administration's decision to fast-track those cases to the Supreme Court is nothing more than a "cowardly, disgusting ban" on transgender individuals serving in the military. The new policy was met with a similar response, being stopped by judges in district courts.

The Supreme Court nearly always waits to get involved in a case until both a trial and appeals court have ruled in it. Not all transgender people suffer from gender dysphoria, according to the association, which opposes the military ban.

While the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has heard arguments but not yet issued an opinion; the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit is scheduled to hear an appeal of the ruling in December, the Post noted.

But by seeking high court review before the appeals courts have ruled, which has been a hallmark of the administration's litigation strategy, the government said it wanted to ensure that the Supreme Court would be able to review the dispute before its term ends in June, 2019.

However, the subject matter seems to be without precedent, meaning it's ripe for a Supreme Court review.

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