Lambda Legal Sues Donald Trump Over Transgender Military Ban


Lambda Legal and Outserve-SLDN have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Writes Lambda Legal:

The lawsuit — brought in response to President Trump’s formal issuance of directions to military authorities late Friday — was filed on behalf of two individuals who seek to join the military; one current service member who seeks appointment as an officer; the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization; and Gender Justice League, a gender and sexuality civil and human rights organization, headquartered in Seattle.

“This ban not only wrongfully prevents patriotic, talented Americans from serving, it also compromises the safety and security of our country,” Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said.

Says the group in the complaint: “Dripping with animus, the Ban and the current accessions bar violate the equal protection and due process guarantees of the Fifth Amendment and the free speech guarantee of the First Amendment. They are unsupported by any compelling, important, or even rational justification.”

Read the complaint HERE.

Towleroad’s Ari Ezra Waldman explained why the ban is unconstutional in a column earlier this month:

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