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A judge has ruled that transgender soldiers must be allowed to join the military on January 1, dealing another huge blow to Donald Trump's attempts to enforce a ban.

While Kollar-Kotelly's initial October ruling did not halt Trump's ban on enlisting transgender individuals, her latest injunction does.

In October, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Trump's order to ban new transgender recruits from joining the military can not be enforced while the case is being reviewed in court.

Last month, a judge on the U.S. District Court ruled that the president's order to ban new transgender recruits from joining the military - as well as potentially expelling current members - can not be enforced while the case is being reviewed in court.

The ruling further said: "The Court explained that the effect of its Order was to revert to the status quo with regard to accession and retention that existed before the issuance of the [Trump] Presidential Memorandum".

In her response, Kollar-Kotelly explained that her ruling meant to reset the military policy on transgender service members to the "status quo" before Trump's ban.

She followed this up with an underlined sentence which read: "Any action by any of the Defendants that changes this status quo is preliminarily enjoined", according to ThinkProgress.

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A federal court has clarified DOD can't delay transgender enlistments beyond January 1. Kollar-Kotelly's October 22 ruling had not ruled on this particular aspect of the ban, as she found that the six plaintiffs in that case were not likely to be affected by that aspect of the ban.

Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said the clarification confirms "transgender people must be permitted to enlist on January 1, 2018, as previously scheduled".

Two weeks before Trump issued his official memo instating the ban in late August, two LGBTQ organizations filed lawsuits against the ban, representing six now serving trans military members and two recruits.

Trump announced his decision to end transgender military service in a series of tweets in July.

"There is absolutely no support for the claim that the ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effective on the military at all", the ruling said. He said the department would use the time to further study the issue.

However, in his ruling, Garbis declared that the plaintiffs challenging the ban in the case under his purview had "demonstrated that they are already suffering harmful consequences such as the cancellation and postponements of surgeries, the stigma of being set apart as inherently unfit, facing the prospect of discharge and inability to commission as an officer, the inability to move forward with long-term medical plans, and the threat to their prospects of obtaining long-term assignments".


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