Trump asks U.S. court for review of transgender military ban

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"The President's ban is a cruel and arbitrary decision created to humiliate transgender Americans who have stepped forward to serve our country", she said in a statement.

In the military case, the administration argues that the Supreme Court should step in before an appeals court rules, because the case involves the authority of the USA military to determine who may serve in the armed forces. Six months later, Defense Secretary James Mattis proposed a modified policy, ultimately approved by the president, that would allow transgender individuals to serve, but only if they did not seek gender transition and agreed to serve "in their biological sex".

The administration has since limited the policy to transgender people with a history of gender dysphoria - a condition of recognition that was discarded years ago by doctors when the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual was revised in 2013 and its fifth edition published without Gender Identity Disorder among its recognized mental illnesses.

President Donald Trump took the Pentagon by surprise in July 2017 when he said in a series of tweets that the government "will not accept or allow" transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the us military. That is why Washington has asked the court on Friday to examine that case.

"Exempting such persons from well-established mental health, physical health, and sex-based standards, which apply to all Service members, including transgender Service members without gender dysphoria, could undermine readiness, disrupt unit cohesion, and impose an unreasonable burden on the military that is not conducive to military effectiveness and lethality", read the recommendation that was included in a court filing.

This upsurge in petitions for certiorari before final judgment is attributed to the rapid increase of district judges with liberal judicial philosophies issuing nationwide injunctions over the past two years, essentially blocking entire federal policies.

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President Donald Trump's administration has asked the US Supreme Court to review lower court rulings blocking a policy barring certain transgender people from serving in the military, declining to wait for the decisions from federal appeals courts now considering the issue.

The ninth U.S. circuit court of appeals, a frequent target of criticism by Trump, is involved in three of the cases.

The Trump administration is calling on the Supreme Court to enforce its transgender military ban. "In fact, there is considerable evidence that it is the discharge and banning of such individuals that would have such effects".

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has heard arguments on the merits of the case, but has not yet issued an opinion. Several lawsuits were filed over the administration's policy change, with lower courts all ruling against the Trump administration. It seems the Trump administration can't wait to discriminate. The Supreme Court denied that request.

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is set to hear an appeal of her ruling next month.