A major lawsuit was filed against President Donald Trump over the recent banning of transgender individuals from serving in the United States Military on Monday, Aug. 28. This lawsuit was perpetrated by current transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen and others that plan on pursuing a career in the military.
One lawsuit was filed in Baltimore on behalf of six transgender individuals currently serving in different branches by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU), and another was filed in Seattle by Lambda Legal on behalf of two young transgender men hoping to enlist, a 12-year transgender veteran, Human Rights Campaign and the Gender Justice Leauge.
"President Trump's actions immediately caused the individual plaintiffs and other transgender service-members to fear for their careers, the well-being of their family members and dependents, their health care and, in some cases, their safety," the ACLU lawsuit states.
Trump enforced a ban on transgender individuals from enlisting or continuing to serve in the military. The ban also enforces a halt on all sex-reassignment surgeries for employed service-members unless they have already begun a course of sex-reassignment treatments.
These suits are asking courts to proclaim the ban invalid as it is in direct violation of their constitutional rights to equal treatment and due process.
Just last year, President Barack Obama issued an “open service” directive that stated no service-member could be discharged because of their gender identity. This new proposal directly undoes this. Every service-member that came out since finding safety in Obama’s directive will be discharged only a year after.
Even some Republican lawmakers are baffled as to why Trump’s proposal is even being considered as there is seemingly no evidence to justify it. These lawmakers include Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a former Vietnam prisoner of war and Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia, a former Navy SEAL.
"News reports indicate that the Secretary of Defense and other military officials were surprised by President Trump' announcement, and that his actual motivations were purely political, reflecting a desire to accommodate legislators and advisers who bear animus and moral disapproval toward men and women who are transgender, with a goal of gaining votes for a spending bill that included money to build a border wall with Mexico," the lawsuit claims.
With this ban going into effect, over 8,800 United States soldiers will be discharged from the military based solely on their gender.
White House officials claim to have no comment on this topic.