Monday, the Pentagon let it be known that it will begin processing transgender applicants into the military on January 1, 2018. This came after a judge denied the government’s request to put on hold a previous order allowing transgender soldiers. According to CNN, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that, “In sum, having carefully considered all of the evidence before it, the Court is not persuaded that Defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on January 1, 2018.” The Pentagon responded with a statement, “As required by recent federal district court orders, the Department of Defense recently announced it will begin processing transgender applicants for military service on January 1, 2018. This policy will be implemented while the Department of Justice appeals those court orders.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders commented on the situation, “They are simply complying with a court order and preparing to implement a previous policy to remain in compliance. The Department of Justice is currently reviewing the legal options to ensure that the President’s directive can be implemented.” With the judge’s ruling, Monday, a question comes to mind. Was it right for the courts to force the government to accept transgender soldiers?
Newsy covering transgender people being allowed to enlist in military Jan. 1:
Were the courts right to force the government to accept transgender soldiers? Was the government’s position discriminatory? Or, have the courts once again overreached their authority with this decision?