Federal judge lifts nationwide block on Trump transgender military policy
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Federal judge lifts nationwide block on Trump transgender military policy

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland on Thursday lifted a nationwide preliminary injunction on the Trump administration policy banning most transgender individuals from serving in the military.

Judge George Russell removed the preliminary injunction, stating that he is “bound by the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the preliminary injunctions in their entirety.” In January the US Supreme Court reversed the US District Courts for the Western District of Washington and the Central District of California’s injunctions preventing the Trump administration from implementing its ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military.

The Trump administration first announced its intention to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military in August 2017. The temporary ban stemming from the Doe v. Trump case, which is the last injunction remaining, in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit still stands as plaintiffs have 21 days to file for rehearing by the court’s full bench.