US Appeals Court Denies Stay of Transgender Military Ban

Another setback for Trump administration effort
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 22, 2017 6:59 PM CST
In this Aug. 28, 2015 file photo, Capt. Jennifer Peace holds a flag as she stands for a photo near her home in Spanaway, Wash.   (Drew Perine/The News Tribune via AP, File)

(Newser) – A federal appeals court has ruled against the Trump administration in its effort to put on hold a requirement that it allow transgender people to enlist in the military starting on Jan. 1, setting up an appeal to the Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its ruling Friday, the AP reports. The ruling comes in one of several legal challenges to President Trump's announcement earlier this year that transgender individuals would be barred from serving in the military. Several courts have rulings in place preventing the ban from taking effect. The District of Columbia court is the latest appeals court to rule against the government on the issue. The federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, has also ruled against the stay.

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