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Trump's Trans Soldier Ban Should Be Put to Rest, Washington Says

President Donald Trump’s stalled effort to ban transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military can’t win in court and should be thrown out, the state of Washington told a federal judge.

A string of judges late last year issued injunctions preventing the ban from taking effect during litigation by civil rights groups, protecting thousands of service-members from potential expulsion from the military and allowing openly transgender Americans to start enlisting Jan. 1.

Since then, the U.S. has failed to provide any evidence to justify the ban Trump promised in a series of tweets last year that surprised even his military leaders, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Friday in a filing in Seattle federal court. He asked for a ruling in the state’s favor without trial, citing constitutional guarantees to equal protection and due process.

"Defendants have appealed none of those injunctions, apparently hoping that new reports or analyses might someday backfill the missing evidence," Ferguson said in the filing. "From the start, the ban was an indefensible policy in search of a justification."

Trump has said transgender soldiers impede military readiness and impose a financial burden on taxpayers. Attorneys general from 14 states said in a joint filing in October that the president’s reasoning for the ban was based on discredited myths.

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