Judge bars Trump administration from enforcing military transgender ban

A federal court on Monday became the second in the country to rule against President Trump’s updated policy barring certain transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

Trump banned transgender service members last year, citing concern over medical costs and distractions.

Facing a challenge, he tweaked the plan in March to focus the restrictions on transgender people affected by a condition called gender dysphoria.

The administration asked U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington to lift her injunction against Trump’s original ban, arguing that the new policy is not a total ban because it only bars people who need or have undergone gender transition.

Kollar-Kotelly disagreed and said the new policy essentially amounts to a total ban because it requires people to serve “in their biological sex.”

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