Thursday, August 10, 2017

Suit Challenges Trump's Reversal of Military Policy On Transgenders

Five members of the military filed suit yesterday challenging President Trump's announcement through Twitter that he will reverse the Obama Administration's policy that allows transgender individuals to serve openly in the military.  The complaint (full text) in Doe v. Trump, (D DC, filed 8/9/2017), contends that the White House counsel's office has turned Trump's decision into official guidance which will be communicated to the Department of Defense.  The suit alleges that Trump's directive unconstitutionally discriminates against transgender individuals, is arbitrary, and that the government is estopped from rescinding plaintiffs' rights.  NPR reports on the lawsuit.