Trump's government seeks quick ruling on transgender troops case

Trump announced in March that he would endorse a plan by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to restrict the military service of transgender people who experience a condition called gender dysphoria

Solicitor General Noel Francisco filed a petition that says that the current policy, which was implemented by former President Barack Obama, threatens the ability of the military to be fully prepared, and establishes "an unreasonable burden on the military that is not conducive to military readiness and lethality".

Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to fast-track a review of his administration's proposed transgender military ban.

In 2016, then-Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter reversed a longstanding ban and said transgender individuals could serve openly in the military - and troops looking to transition could have that care paid for, and would be allowed to remain in service.

In a court filing on November 23, Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued, "The military has been forced to maintain that prior policy for almost a year..."

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is set to hear an appeal of her ruling next month.

The administration has since limited the policy to transgender individuals with a history of gender dysphoria.

The ninth USA circuit court of appeals, a frequent target of criticism by Trump, is involved in three of the cases. Trump's attack sparked an unprecedented rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts, whom the president slammed back in a tweet retort.

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On June 30, 2017, James Mattis - the Secretary of Defense in the Trump administration - announced that he would defer adopting the new standards to allow the military to "evaluate more carefully" their possible effects. It's unclear when it will act on the administration's other requests. "It's a senseless move that can only serve to disrupt troops, their families, and the military itself".

But Francisco told the Supreme Court the administration cannot afford to wait for those circuits to decide, and that the justices should accept the cases now so they can be heard in the current term. This highly unusual step is wildly premature and inappropriate, both because there is no final judgment in the case, and because even the preliminary issue on appeal has not yet been decided.

"It seems the Trump administration can't wait to discriminate", Peter Renn, Legal Counsel of Lambda Legal, said in a statement.

The Trump administration has taken an aggressive posture when lower courts have ruled against it on important issues. The federal program protects young immigrants from deportation. The OPM website previously included a "Gender Identity Guidance" that outlined respectful treatment of such government employees, on matters such as restrooms, name changes, appropriate language, and dress codes.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been litigating several cases regarding that policy since 2017.

"Trump's lawyers fail to understand that the government is not entitled to play leapfrog whenever it loses in federal court".

Critics accused the president of taking an anti-LGBTQ position. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has also repeatedly ruled that federal law protects transgender federal employees from discrimination.

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