In a move that may surprise many, the Ninth Circuit court handed the Trump administration a major win when it comes to a proposed ban on transgendered individuals in the military.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday set aside a ruling by U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle, which said the ban likely violated the constitutional rights of transgender service members and recruits.
Without ruling on the merits, a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based appeals court said Pechman did not give the military’s judgment enough deference, and ordered her to give it more.
If this judge had any concern about the “military’s judgment” in this case, they would have already considered it. She clearly doesn’t… So I’m not sure what this ruling will do.
The military turns down potential recruits for reasons that seem a lot less important than having gender dysphoria. But what do I know?
Sharon McGowan, legal director of Lambda Legal, which represents opponents of the ban, said she believed the decision foreshadowed the eventual “vindication of the constitutional right of the transgender service members who have been harmed by this policy.”
I’m sorry…but is joining the military a Constitutional right?
Are the Constitutional rights of those who are overweight, or have scoliosis being violated then, too?
In January, the Supreme Court, which has a 5-4 conservative majority, lifted lower court injunctions against the policy, while allowing legal challenges to continue.
Trump, a Republican, announced the transgender ban in July 2017, saying the military needed to focus on “decisive and overwhelming victory” without being burdened by the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” of having transgender personnel.
The move marked an about-face from a landmark policy announced in 2016 by Democratic President Barack Obama, which let transgender people serve without fear of being discharged, and receive medical care to transition genders.
Because clearly, this is a top priority when it comes to issues of national security…
In March 2018, Trump backed a revised policy from then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that disqualified most transgender people with a history of gender dysphoria from military service, and people who have undergone gender transition steps.
Medical experts define gender dysphoria as distress from the internal conflict between physical gender and gender identity.
Military service comes with a plethora of emotional and mental challenges, and as I said, many are turned down for a number of physical or mental circumstances.
I’ve been clear on this before: I wish transgender people no harm, and legitimately feel for them. Their emotional and mental struggle must be truly trying. I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to feel THAT uncomfortable in your own skin. HOWEVER: The military isn’t here to make people feel included or have men’s penises removed. I don’t really know how this pertains to their mission, or why anyone would think that it does.
The Left doesn’t want anyone with mental health issues owning a gun… but they want men who believe they’re women in our military?
Given the enormous stress military service can have on mental health, is this really what’s best for anyone involved?
I just can’t really wrap my head around this.