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>> A US court on Friday ruled in favor of a Trump administration policy barring certain transgender people from serving in the armed forces, handing the president his first legal victory on the issue after several defeats. President Donald Trump announced in March that he would endorse a plan by former defense secretary, Jim Mathis, to restrict the military service of transgender people who experience a condition called gender dysphoria.
The gender dysphoria restriction replaced an outright ban on transgender service members, that Trump announced in 2017 in a tweet. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned a decision by a federal judge in Washington DC that blocked the policy. The appeals court victory is limited because other federal courts issued injunctions against the policy.
The administration is already asked the Supreme Court to weigh in. A spokesperson for one of the group's challenging the policy said that quote, today's ruling is a devastating slap in the face to transgender service members, who have proved their fitness to serve, and their dedication to this country.