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Defense Secretary stalls Donald Trump's trans military ban for the time being

Defense Secretary stalls Donald Trump's trans military ban for the time being

Second, President Trump explicitly left open the possibility the new policy might be temporary: The ban will remain in place "until such time as a sufficient basis exists upon which to conclude that terminating that policy and practice would not have the negative effects discussed above".

The presidential memorandum signed on August 25 by Trump, also bans the Department of Defense from using its resources to provide medical treatment to transgender individuals now serving in the military. However, this isn't a win.

Two lawsuits challenging Donald Trump's trans military ban were filed shortly after.

Mattis' personal views on LGBT persons serving in the military remain unclear.

Mattis said Tuesday that transgender service members will continue to serve in the military while the Pentagon conducts a study of how to implement Trump's directive. That means it is possible that the openly transgender persons already enlisted will not be ejected. His move buys him time to make decisions on whether to allow transgender individuals to continue serving or how to properly discharge them.

Mattis says he'll convene the panel from the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, with the goal of promoting "military readiness, lethality, and unit cohesion" - while also following legal and budgetary constraints.

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Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.

"Military service is a privilege, not a right", said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Missouri Republican who lobbied the White House to stop paying for transgender-related medical expenses before Trump announced the ban. An estimate by the Rand Corp. has suggested that there could be as many as 6,600 transgender troops on active duty and more than 4,100 in the Reserves. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

The ban would take effect next year.

"It's not a surprise that there is considerable bipartisan concern about what's going on because the White House admitted that the original tweets were for an invalidly political objective, which is why you had eight senators from the Republican Party speak out", said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, which conducts research on sexual minorities in the military. ACLU attorney Chase Strangio pointed out that Mattis can only offer recommendations to the Trump administration and that he would be unable to shield transgender troops from being dismissed.

Mattis had pushed that deadline back six months before Trump unexpectedly announced on Twitter on July 26 that he planned to reverse Obama's policy entirely, saying the military would neither accept nor allow transgender people to serve.


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