Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Paul Zukunft said he contacted all 13 members of the Coast Guard who identify as transgender to assure them that they have his support.
They are arguing that the president's related tweets have impinged on their constitutional rights, and, though there is no concrete new policy from the White House yet, they have already been harmed because they no longer have a reasonable expectation they can continue serving. "Secretary Mattis and Congress need to ensure the priorities of the US armed forces remain those that the secretary has outlined: mission readiness, command proficiency, and combat effectiveness".
The lawsuit argues that President Trump's transgender ban lacks lawful federal justification and is discriminatory on sex and transgender status, therefore violating Equal Protection under the Due Process Clause within the Fifth Amendment. The Department concluded that the ban served no legitimate objective and that open service by transgender people would serve the military's best interests.
"The President's mistreament of these dedicated troops will serve only to weaken and demoralize our armed forces".
The unexpected declaration, refering to social insurance expenses and unit interruption, spoke to some in Trump's preservationist political base however made instability for a huge number of transgender administration individuals, a considerable lot of whom turned out after the Pentagon said in 2016 it would enable transgender individuals to serve straightforwardly. Two were deployed overseas, in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In 2016, the former Obama administration lifted a prior ban on transgender troops that permitted transgender members now serving to come out openly.
It means that, in effect, transgender service members who were encouraged to come under one administration could risk being expelled altogether under another. I am married and have three children, and the military has been my life, ' they explained.
"The damage is happening now", said Jennifer Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLAD. This unjustifiable reversal of policy is devastating to these soldiers and harmful to our country. One, identified as Jane Doe 4, has been an active duty member of the Air Force for almost 20 years and will lose retirement benefits. As of now, the DoD's website continues to include a transgender policy saying, "transgender Service members may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military exclusively for being transgender individuals".
According to the lawsuit, the White House counsel's office subsequently communicated Trump's decision "into official guidance" to the Department of Defense, along with an outline for implementing it.
In a tweet on July 26, the president declared that trans personnel could not serve in the Armed Forces "in any capacity". Current Defense Secretary James Mattis announced in June the implementation of the new policy was being delayed for six months, saying he wanted to work with service chiefs and secretaries to evaluate the prospect of allowing transgender people to enlist. "And it did in fact go to great lengths to engage all branches of the military in reviewing and revising policy".
Minter's group was joined by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.