WASHINGTON (ABC4 News) – The U.S. Supreme Court voted to allow the Trump Administrations military transgender ban to go into effect… for now. The policy was first announced by President Trump in a Tweet in July of 2017 and then challenged in court.
Veteran Mia Mason served as Michael Mason before transitioning to a woman. She says the Trump Administration’s ban is a slap to the face of brave transgender men and women who want to serve.
“We deserve to fight and now it’s just been taken away again.”
The Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision allowed the Trump Administration’s transgender ban to take effect. However, justices refused to rule on the constitutionality of the ban itself…and will wait for lower courts to rule on that.
A Pentagon spokesperson said the Defense Department plans to abide by its proposed policy. The Defense Department will not ban service by all transgender people.
But instead, it will make decisions on a case-by-case basis.
Human rights advocates taking legal action against the administration say the high court’s ruling puts the nation’s security at risk.
“Permitting president trumps ban to go into effect will inflict serious harm on transgender servicemembers and the military itself,” said Peter Renn, Lambda Lega.
While opponents call the supreme court ruling a setback Mason says the fight isn’t over.
“We will continue to take legal action to make sure no matter if you’re a John Doe or Jane Doe or even if you want to join into the military you will not be banned because we will continue to take legal action to challenge this,” said Mason.
The Pentagon said there is still one existing national court order against the policy, so until that’s resolved, changes won’t happen immediately.