Supreme Court allows Trump’s transgender ban

The US Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to move forward with its plan to restrict military service by transgender people while court challenges continue.

The Court Tuesday reversed lower-court orders preventing the Pentagon from implementing the administration’s plans. Military policy had barred service by transgender people until President Barack Obama’s administration began allowing transgender people already in the military to serve openly and set a date when transgender people would be allowed to enlist.

The Trump administration revisited those policies and sought to generally restrict service by transgender people to only those who don’t seek to undergo gender transitions. The court’s decision will allow the policy to move forward while it is reviewed by lower courts until it works its way up to merit a Supreme Court decision.

Supreme Court Justices did not review the new policy’s legality, despite the Trump administration’s request that they do so.

The ruling was not a final decision on the merits of the policy and some transgender people will continue to serve.

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