A federal judge ruled that Trump won’t have to submit docs supporting his now-infamous military trans ban tweets. The judge also ruled that the DOD will have to hand over documents used to justify Trump’s Military Trans Ban.
According to Law 360 a Washington, D.C. federal judge ruled Friday that the Pentagon has not yet done enough to claim deference for a plan underpinning its contentious transgender policy and can’t use a deliberative process exemption to shield documents that helped to form that plan.
This is seen as a major victory for the transgender plaintiffs as they have stated all along that the ban was spurious, without merit and based on a collection of pseudoscience crafted by far-right hate groups masquerading as actual health organizations.
BloombergQuint reports that the ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington blocks efforts of plaintiffs who allege Trump’s ban was a unilateral decision made to score political points and wasn’t based on talks with generals and military experts as he claimed in the tweets. However, Kollar-Kotelly said the plaintiffs can see evidence on how former defense secretary Jim Mattis crafted the final ban.
“The president and his administration wrongfully argue that it’s about military readiness and unit cohesion, but these arguments are the same ones that were made to keep the military racially segregated,” said Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.).
“Every service chief testified that transgender service would not disrupt unit cohesion or readiness,” he said.
A federal court recently said our challenge to Trump’s trans military ban can move forward, which is exactly what we’ll be doing. Trans people belong in the military. Trans people belong everywhere. pic.twitter.com/NE6aJtO8H7
— ACLU (@ACLU) September 5, 2019