>> The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled President Trump may enforce his policy banning most transgender people from serving in the US military while a legal battle plays out in lower courts. In a 5-4 vote, the conservative majority court lifted the federal court injunctions that had blocked Trump's ban from taking effect.
Andrew Chung is on the story.>> The Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday to lift injunctions against the transgender military policy was not a ruling on the merits. But it is significant because it is a signal from the Supreme Court that if in the future it takes up the case and decides of legality of the policy, it is likely to rule in favor of the government.
Trump first introduced his order via Twitter in 2017, sparking outrage among transgender rights activates.>> Rise up, resist.>> The move sought to reverse an Obama era policy allowing transgender people to serve openly for the first time and to receive medical care to transition genders. In 2018, Trump backed a revised policy put forth by then Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that would ban the service of some transgender people, including those undergoing gender transition.
The legal challenge was filed on behalf of current transgender military service members, including some deployed overseas with decades of experience.>> The Supreme Court's decision potentially impacts many transgender individuals because it rules out the service of people who have taken steps towards gender transition, or who are seeking to do so.
It also restricts the service of certain people who have been diagnosed with a condition called gender dysphoria, which is a conflict between a person's physical gender or assigned gender and their gender identity.>> The ruling does not affect several hundred transgender people already serving openly in the military.