LGBT organizations announce intent to file suit for transgender service ban

After the White House approved on Friday guidance for the US president's tweeted ban of transgender service members, LGBT rights organizations have announced they intend to file a lawsuit against the US Government, writing "See you in court, President Trump"
LGBT organizations announce intent to file suit Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Over a week after US President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that transgender people would be banned from serving in the US armed forces, it now appears the president will have to defend the decision not only in Congress but also in court. LGBT rights organizations in the US are preparing to file a lawsuit against the government following the controversial decision. "See you in court, President Trump," wrote a lawyer at one of the organizations.

Although Trump’s tweet-order came from the commander-in-chief, it was received without guidance. Therefore, the Pentagon responded that transgender service members would continue to service until such formal guidance from the White House is received.

Yet last Friday, the Los Angeles Blade reported that the White House had approved guidance on the president’s ban. In response, LGBT rights organization Lambda Legal called Trump’s ban a “mean-spirited and discriminatory attack” on the community.

Trump's announcement received praise from hard-line conservatives Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A Lambda Legal attorney Sasha Buchert, added, saying that the ban was “capricious, irrational and clearly driven by anti-LGBT forces in the administration who care more about harming transgender people than keeping our nation safe.”

“Lambda Legal has a long history of fighting for LGBT service members,” Buchert said. “Teaming up with OutServe-SLDN, we’re more than ready to fight like hell again.”

Although the news of Trump's intention to resurrect the service ban canceled by the Obama administration last year has won him praise from US conservatives, it was sharply condemned by many others. In addition to LGBT organizations, 56 retired generals and admirals, Democratic lawmakers and even many Republicans, including Senator John McCain who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee, all denounced the ban.

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