Judge: Law­suit against mil­i­tary trans­gen­der ban to con­tinue

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SEAT­TLE | A fed­eral judge in Seat­tle has or­dered Pres­i­dent Trump not to take any ac­tion bar­ring trans­gen­der troops from serv­ing in the mil­i­tary, find­ing that it’s un­clear whether re­cent tweaks to his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pol­icy are con­sti­tu­tional.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pech­man was one of four fed­eral judges around the coun­try who late last year blocked the pres­i­dent from over­turn­ing an Obama-era di­rec­tive al­low­ing trans­gen­der troops to serve openly.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment asked her to dis­solve that in­junc­tion as moot, cit­ing changes to the pol­icy that would al­low some trans­gen­der troops to serve.

In an or­der Fri­day, Judge Pech­man said that be­cause the tweaks were an­nounced just last month, the par­ties had not had time to ar­gue about whether the pol­icy is un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally dis­crim­i­na­tory or whether the mil­i­tary is en­ti­tled to def­er­ence.

Judge Pech­man or­dered the par­ties to pre­pare for trial.

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