Washington hearing on transgender military ban lawsuit set for Tuesday
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Monday that the federal court hearing on the constitutionality of President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military will go forward Tuesday.
In December 2017, Judge Marsha Pechman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington blocked the ban because it would irreparably harm transgender individuals.
The Trump Administration claims the new Presidential Memorandum, Department of Defense report, and updated implementation plan by Secretary Mattis issued on Friday evening constitutes a new ban, separate from the one Judge Pechman and three other courts previously blocked. The Administration asked the court to cancel Tuesday’s hearing, but the court declined.
“Banning transgender individuals from military service is discriminatory and wrong,” Ferguson said. “President Trump’s last-minute maneuvering does nothing to save his unlawful and discriminatory policy. Regardless of any efforts to confuse the issues and avoid judgment, the President’s transgender military ban is illegal.”
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