The Supreme Court confirms army transgender ban
The Supreme Court has confirmed US President Trump’s decision to exclude transgender soldiers from service in the army. However, the order is not yet binding.
The government of US President Donald Trump may prohibit the inclusion of transgender in the US army for the time being. It was decided by the Supreme Court in Washington by granting a corresponding request for justice from the Ministry of Justice. Earlier decisions from other courts are thus repealed.
The Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition applies for the time being until the decision of the appellate courts on a corresponding instruction of the President. The decision of the judges fell on Tuesday with five against four votes.
Obama had opened army for transgender
Transgender people do not identify with the gender assigned to them at birth. Some of them are trying to make the transition to gender, usually surgically and/or with help of hormone therapy.
Former US President Barack Obama had allowed them in 2016 to serve in the US armed forces without having to hide their identity. The cost of hormone therapy and surgery, which often belongs to a transition, should be carried by the army.
First, the order was only for soldiers who were already serving in the troop. In the second phase, it was then to be extended to recruits.
Trump intervened. He had instructed the Ministry of Defense not to enroll transgenders to the army, citing “tremendous medical costs” and causing trouble for the troops, he said.
US government urged court to decide
Several soldiers and human rights organizations filed a lawsuit against the order, causing in to be temporarily suspended.
The US government has urged the Constitutional Court to make a swift decision, although usually cases at the lower levels must be closed before they go to the Supreme Court.
The opposition Democrats criticize the proposed ban as discriminatory.