By EMERSON SUTOW
The Supreme Court allowed the ban on transgender military members to go into effect on Tuesday, Jan. 22. While there is no timeline of when the Supreme Court will make a final decision on the constitutionality of the ban itself, graduating seniors may start feeling impacts of the ban that is in place in the meantime.
Alicia Ault, a freelance writer based in Washington DC, highlighted the fact that 5 out of 9 Supreme Court justices agreed with the ban, while the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders disagreed with the ban and challenged the idea back in August 2017 because they saw the ban as unjust and unfair.
Richard Wolf, an American Marxian economist, stated that the lower court’s actions were taken out of consideration for the decision. He also addressed that the new policy would exclude transgender people who are already in the military and recruits that are not transitioning. The ban would not completely take the transgender soldiers or recruits out of service, claiming that “transgender troops will continue to be treated with respect and dignity.”