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Federal Court Blocks Trump's Transgender Military Ban

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U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly barred the policy change earlier today. 

Donald Trump's plan to reinstate the military ban on transgender people has been blocked by a federal court, according to Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote Monday that trans military members who sued the Trump administration over the change were likely to succeed, and barred the President from changing the government's policy.

In August, Trump said he planned to reverse a 2016 policy, which allowed trans troops to serve openly in the U.S. military. He announced that he'd return to a discriminatory policy where service members could be discharged for being trans, and directed the Pentagon to have it take effect on March 23, 2018.

"Today's victory reflects what a majority of Americans have been saying: that transgender service members should be thanked and not relegated to second-class citizenship," said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD.

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