DOJ Appeals Military Transgender Acceptance

The Department of Justice has decided to appeal the ruling that will force the military to accept transgender recruits starting January 1.

This ruling was originally passed by the U. S. District Court despite objection from the President.

The Pentagon originally set the January deadline while Barack Obama was still in office.

Prior to the Obama administration, transgender people were not allowed to join the military and anyone who identified as transgender while serving in the military was discharged.

Under Obama, the reversal of this rule occurred in June 2016.

In August 2017, President Trump placed a ban on allowing transgender people to serve in the military.

Shortly after, district courts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Washington decided to refute enforcement of the ban.

A district judge in Washington reported that refuting the ban was the result of an interest in protecting residents from discrimination.

The DOJ is currently reviewing all legal means of appealing this decision in order to uphold President Trump’s wishes.