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ACLU Suing Trump Over Transgender Military Ban

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By    |   Monday, 28 August 2017 12:36 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his ban against transgender people from serving in the military.

The ACLU's Maryland Chapter filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Monday, on behalf of six members of the military. They argue that the ban violates the Fifth Amendment.

"The Trump administration has provided no evidence that this announcement was based on any analysis of the actual cost and disruption allegedly caused by allowing men and women who are transgender to serve openly," the group wrote in their complaint, according to The Hill.

"News reports indicate the Secretary of Defense and other military officials were surprised by President Trump's announcement, and that his actual motivations were purely political, reflecting a desire to accommodate legislators and advisers who bear animus and moral disproval toward men and women who are transgender, with a goal of gaining votes for a spending bill that included money to build a border wall with Mexico."

The LGBT rights groups Lambda Legal and OutServe-servicemembers Legal Defense Network also have filed a lawsuit against the president, they announced on Monday.

"This ban not only wrongfully prevents patriotic, talented Americans from serving, it also compromises the safety and security of our country," reads a statement from Lambda Legal's senior attorney Peter Renn. "Thousands of current service members are transgender, and many have been serving openly, courageously and successfully in the U.S. military for more than a year — not to mention the previous decades when many were forced to serve in silence."

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