LGBT groups rip ban

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NEW YORK — Two LGBTrights or­ga­ni­za­tions filed a law­suit in fed­eral court Wed­nes­day chal­leng­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s tweets declar­ing he wants a ban on trans­gen­der peo­ple serv­ing in the mil­i­tary.

The suit was filed in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Wash­ing­ton on be­half of five trans­gen­der ser­vice mem­bers with nearly 60 years of com­bined mil­i­tary ser­vice.

Trans­gen­der peo­ple have been al­lowed to serve openly in the mil­i­tary since June 2016.

Trump, in a se­ries of tweets on July 26, an­nounced that he planned to end that pol­icy.

The govern­ment “will not ac­cept or al­low trans­gen­der in­di­vid­u­als to serve in any ca­pac­ity in the U.S. mil­i­tary,” he tweeted, con­tend­ing that their ser­vice en­tailed “tremen­dous med­i­cal costs and dis­rup­tion.”

The law­suit, filed by GLBTQ Le­gal Ad­vo­cates & De­fend­ers (GLAD) and the Na­tional Cen­ter for Lesbian Rights, says such a ban is un­con­sti­tu­tional.

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