Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Trump's Ban on Transgender Troops Is Surprisingly Still Blocked

  • A third and final injunction will likely be lifted soon
  • When the ban starts, the cases will continue toward trial
U.S. And Afghan Forces Battle Taliban In Kunar Province
Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 22 lifted a pair of national injunctions that had prevented President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender military personnel from taking effect during litigation, but the policy is surprisingly still on hold -- at least for now.

That’s because Trump’s 5-4 Supreme Court victory over two sets of current and aspiring transgender troops didn’t involve a third case, in Maryland, where a nationwide injunction remains in place. Immediately after its high court win, the government asked U.S. District Judge George Russell in Baltimore to lift his injunction in light of the majority’s finding, but so far he hasn’t ruled.