A federal judge ruled on Friday against President Donald Trump’s latest attempts to ban transgender troops from serving in the U.S. military, arguing that they are a protected class that has faced oppression in America.
“Transgender people have long been forced to live in silence, or to come out and face the threat of overwhelming discrimination,” wrote U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman of the Western District of Washington, with the ruling made available online.
“The Court also rules that, because transgender people have long been subjected to systemic oppression and forced to live in silence, they are a protected class,” the judge added.
“Therefore, any attempt to exclude them from military service will be looked at with the highest level of care, and will be subject to the Court’s ‘strict scrutiny.’ This means that before Defendants can implement the Ban, they must show that it was sincerely motivated by compelling interests, rather than by prejudice or stereotype, and that it is narrowly tailored to achieve those interests.”
Trump’s longstanding efforts to implement a ban on transgender individuals in the army were hit by several injunctions throughout 2017. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled back in November that transgender recruits must be allowed to serve starting January 1, which fulfilled the directives of former President Barack Obama.
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Source: Christian Post