Two Lawsuits Filed Over Trump's Transgender Military Ban

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Just minutes later, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) echoed those sentiments in announcing its own lawsuit, arguing that the ban singles out trans individuals for "unequal and discriminatory treatment" and is therefore unconstitutional.

-Josh Block, ACLUTrump's order, signed last Friday, would also bar "the Department of Defense from using its resources to provide medical treatment regimens for transgender individuals now serving in the military", CNN reported.

A second lawsuit was filed in Monday in Seattle federal court by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN.

"Like other service members, these transgender individuals are willing to place themselves in harm's way-and potentially pay the ultimate price-in service of our country", the filing states. All service members have a statutory entitlement to full doctor-recommended medical care.

"It's such an egregious attempt to target transgender individuals who have devoted their careers and lives to the United States", said Chase Strangio, a staff attorney for the ACLU.

The new complaints argue Trump's policy is motivated by animus toward transgender people and violates the constitutional rights of transgender Americans who want to serve in the military, and they ask federal courts to suspend the policy immediately.

Both cases said the ban violated USA constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process under the Fifth Amendment, while one said it also infringed on the free speech rights of service members.

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In July, President Donald Trump took to social media to tweet about a proposed ban on transgender service members, but had not followed up those tweets with actual guidance advising leaders at the Pentagon on how to implement such a ban.

"Men and women who are transgender with the courage and capacity to serve deserve more from their commander-in-chief", the statement said. Trump cited concerns over "tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail". "Indeed, the Memorandum on its face demonstrates that it is directed at suppressing the gender expression and related expressive conduct of transgender individuals, including that of the individual plaintiffs and transgender members of the organizational plaintiffs, and those individuals' disclosure of their transgender status". And in 2015, a Department of Defense-commissioned study from RAND found that, contrary to myths about transitioning in the military, allowing trans members to serve openly would have a minuscule impact on health care costs and a "negligible" impact on readiness. It notes that 18 other countries, including 11 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, allow transgender people to serve openly, and says Rand found no significant effect on operational effectiveness. Also named in the ACLU lawsuit are each of the civilian heads of the military departments.

RAND estimated the number of transgender individuals now serving in the military to be between 1,320 and 6,630, out of 1.3 million total service members.

"We do not comment on active or pending litigation", Ninio Fetalvo, a White House spokesman, said in an email seeking comment on the suits.

The lawsuit is at least the third filed against Trump's transgender military ban.

There are now at least three lawsuits against Trump's ban.

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