Pelosi slams SCOTUS ruling on transgender military ban

Pelosi slams SCOTUS ruling on transgender military ban

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The U.S. Supreme Court (Photo courtesy of Architect of the Capitol)

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed a Tuesday ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that would allow the Trump administration’s ban on transgender military personnel to go into effect.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court blocked injunctions against the ban from going into effect pending the disposition of rulings by lower courts. The administration has appealed a July ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld a district court ruling that blocked the ban from going into effect.

However, an injunction by a Maryland federal court — barring the ban from being imposed nationwide — is still in effect while the case is being appealed.

The ACLU also criticized the high court’s ruling.

The Department of Defense (DOD) praised the ruling.

“The Department is pleased with the orders issued by the Supreme Court today. We will continue to work with the Department of Justice regarding next steps in the pending lawsuits,” Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Carla Gleason said in a statement.

She added: “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. 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.”

In July 2017 President Donald Trump announced the ban. In doing so he reinstated a policy that had been lifted by former President Barack Obama. The decision was met with outrage by LGBTQ groups and some veterans organizations.

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