January 10, 2019

Palm Center Outlines Supreme Court Options on Transgender Military Ban and Implications for Military Readiness

Supreme Court Could Respond Tomorrow to Trump Administration’s Emergency Appeal

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In anticipation of a potential decision tomorrow by the Supreme Court of the United States on whether to accept the Trump Administration’s appeal of preliminary injunctions preventing implementation of a transgender military ban – and whether to issue a stay of the injunctions, allowing the Trump ban to go into effect – the Palm Center today released the following memo.

The Palm Center memo describes four possible Supreme Court actions tomorrow on transgender service, explains their implications for military readiness, and provides key background information on the Trump ban and the success of 2.5 years of inclusive service.

“If allowed to go into effect, the Mattis policy would be ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for transgender troops,” said Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin.  “For over two years, inclusive policy has been a success and to whipsaw military personnel policy back towards discrimination is damaging to military readiness and ultimately degrades the safety and security of the United States.”

You can read the full memo by clicking here

Earlier this week, the Palm Center released a statement by three retired Army generals and one retired Navy admiral who identified a significant error in last week’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.