BREAKING: Court Blocks Trans Military Ban

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A federal court has blocked Donald Trump’s plan to reinstate the ban on military service by transgender people.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled today that military members who sued to stop the ban were likely to succeed, and she issued a prelimiary injunction preventing the Trump administration from reinstating it as litigation against it proceeds, the Associated Press reports. Kollar-Kotelly said the ban likely violates the Fifth Amendement to the U.S. Constitution; the amendment guarantees the right to due process of law.

Kollar-Kotelly’s injunction came in a suit filed in August by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Advocates and Defenders on behalf of trans service members and trans people enrolled in academic military training programs. It was the first of several legal challenges to the ban.

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