Transgender people will be allowed to join the military starting Jan. 1 following a federal court’s decision to deny an emergency request by the Trump administration to delay the move.
The Justice Department had asked for the stay after the Washington, D.C., district court ordered last month that the Pentagon must proceed with the enlistments. The department argued the military would be “seriously and irreparably harmed” if forced to accept new transgender troops by that date.
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected the request as part of the Doe v. Trump federal lawsuit filed against Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and other top defense officials by six transgender service members, a Naval Academy midshipman, and an ROTC student.
“Defendants have had the opportunity to prepare for the accession of transgender individuals into the military for nearly one and a half years,” Kollar-Kotelly wrote in her ruling.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.