Government Seeks Quick Ruling On Transgender Military Ban

Government Seeks Quick Ruling On Transgender Military Ban

President Trump has asked the Supreme Court to review his policy of banning transgender people from serving in the military, bypassing an appeals court that he has called "a complete and total disaster". At an especially sensitive moment for the Supreme Court, the Trump administration is "forcing it into a minefield that many justices would nearly surely prefer to avoid", Matz said.

"Anyway, to put it more simply", Conway argued, "the Supreme Court doesn't usually take cases to affirm them, which is why the statistic the President is citing is misleading".

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in one of the cases in October but hasn't ruled.

In the court filing requesting the Supreme Court's review, the Justice Department said Gen. Mattis and other military leaders determined that the Obama policy "posed too great a risk to military effectiveness and lethality". Often, the justices wait until courts in different areas of the country have come to different conclusions. One famous past example is when the Nixon administration went to court to try to prohibit the publication of the Pentagon Papers, the secret history of USA involvement in the Vietnam War.

In the immigration case, the administration told the high court it should decide the fate of Daca ahead of an appeals ruling because the policy otherwise could be in place until the middle of 2020. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Circuit is scheduled to hear an appeal of the ruling next month. As such, he believes that the case, which is being reviewed in lower courts right now, should be moved to the supreme court.

Transgender advocates have slammed Trump's ban as bigoted and say it will only harm the military, as it would, if implemented, expunge the more than 10,000 transgender people who now serve in the armed forces.

"It seems the Trump administration can't wait to discriminate", Peter Renn, Legal Counsel of Lambda Legal, said in a statement.

Conway has garnered plenty of attention lately for his open criticism of President Trump - as his own wife serves under the current administration.

Lawyers for those challenging the policy change said there is no reason for the court to abandon its usual policy.

Trump reversed the policy, prompting outrage and lawsuits, which were ruled against the Trump administration. It has asked the Supreme Court - with varying degrees of success - to accept the cases before they have run through the normal appeals process.

It's unclear why, exactly, all due haste is required in denying transgender people the right to serve in the U.S. military.

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