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Trump's Military Trans Ban Same as Before, Judge Says

  • Lawsuit in Seattle now seeks a national permanent injunction
  • U.S. says case should be thrown out in deference to military
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The revised U.S. ban on transgender military service isn’t much different from the original announced by President Donald Trump in 2017 with no apparent input from the Pentagon, a federal judge said, in ruling that a lawsuit over the directive must go to trial.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle on Friday decided the two bans are essentially the same, and denied the Justice Department’s request to throw the case out on the grounds that the new ban gives transgender troops and other plaintiffs a way to serve openly.