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Federal Court Orders Trial on Trans Military Ban

Federal Court Orders Trial on Trans Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal court has rejected the Trump administration’s argument that the four existing preliminary injunctions issued last year against President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban are moot because they were based on his memorandum from last August 25 and the earlier July 26 tweets announcing the ban, which the president’s […]

Trump’s Latest Trans Ban Aims to Sidetrack Lawsuits

Trump’s Latest Trans Ban Aims to Sidetrack Lawsuits

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a move intended to evade existing preliminary injunctions while reaffirming in its essential elements President Donald Trump’s Twitter announcement from last July categorically prohibiting military service by transgender individuals, the administration issued three new documents on March 23, the date the president had designated in an August 2017 memorandum as […]

Ten Federal Judges Have Now Rejected Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Ten Federal Judges Have Now Rejected Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | President Donald Trump’s July 26 tweet announcing that “the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military” — an approach amplified by an official August 25 memorandum — has encountered unanimous resistance from 10 federal judges who have had […]

Trans Enlistees Can Sign Up January 1, Judge Rules

Trans Enlistees Can Sign Up January 1, Judge Rules

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Federal district judges on opposite coasts dealt setbacks to President Donald Trump’s anti-transgender military policy on December 11. In the Washington, DC, District Court, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected a motion by the Justice Department in Doe v. Trump to stay her preliminary injunction that requires the Defense Department to allow transgender […]

Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Under the cover of a Category 4 hurricane bearing down on Texas — or as Donald Trump would characterize it, taking advantage of all the eyes glued to TV because of it — the president on August 25 issued a formal “memorandum” to the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security spelling […]

Panetta Announces New Partnership Status, Benefits

Panetta Announces New Partnership Status, Benefits

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In response to growing demands from advocates for gay and lesbian military service members, the Defense Department on February 11 announced a new list of benefits that will be made available to their same-sex domestic partners and spouses. The list is comprised of more than 20 benefits, including the Dependent ID […]