By KAITLYN 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.
The courts are considering to create a policy that would block people who “identify with a gender different from their birth gender and are seeking a transition,” according to According to Robert Barnes and Dan Lamothe of The Washington Post.
To counter that, Peter Renn, counsel for Lambda Legal, said “that for over thirty months, transgender troops have been serving our country openly with valor and distinction,” but are now being excluded from being able to serve just because of their gender identity.
This ban goes against what Barack Obama, former president of the United States, previously decided during his presidency, which was that the military would be open to transgender men and women.
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.
Because the ban was challenged, the Trump Administration had requested a petition in November 2018, so the Supreme Court took on all three cases to settle this dispute, and recently announced that the ban would go into effect during this process.
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.”
Jennifer Levi, from the GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders, also mentioned how the Trump Administration feels the need to rid the military of “dedicated and capable service members” just because they do not identify with their gender assigned at birth.
The outcome of this decision may affect the career choices of some graduating seniors, such as those seeking service in the military.