Trump Administration (For Now) Drops Attempt To Block Transgender Troops, Enlistments To Begin January 1st

Newsweek reports:

The Trump administration has abandoned its bid to prevent openly transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced late Friday night.

In July, the Trump administration attempted to delay an Obama-era Department of Defense ruling allowing openly transgender Americans to enlist in the military from January 1.

President Donald Trump tweeted last summer that the administration “will not accept or allow … Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity” in the U.S. military.

In a statement to Reuters, the Department of Justice said it would not fight the January 1 deadline and was not challenging the court rulings, but that the Trump administration may consider other means of blocking transgender people enlisting.

Lambda Legal reacts:

“We are relieved that we don’t have to hit pause on the constitutional rights of transgender people who are willing and able to serve our country,” Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said.

“Transgender service members have been serving openly and proudly for more than a year, and others are similarly ready to join their ranks. Federal district courts in DC, Maryland, Seattle, and Los Angeles have seen through the Administration’s hollow arguments in support of discrimination and rejected them, as have the federal appeals courts.

“The war isn’t over, but the government has waived the white flag before this battle even got started. The Administration clearly saw the writing on the wall and withdrew its desperate effort, for now, to block transgender people from openly enlisting in the armed services and serving their country.”

  • PickyPecker
    • KarenAtFOH

      What a great way to start my day! Thank you.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        We need one of these delightful posts every morning until the usurper is impeached and imprisoned.

        • PickyPecker
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          • Reality.Bites

            Isn’t that what she’s doing?

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            Key word: before

          • Reality.Bites

            You’re assuming that’s the morning stroll. I contend that’s her pantry.

          • Bambino

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          • JCF

            That’s really good. We can all laugh at the retreating woman, but I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same. [Then I would have thought a sec, and some latex-wearing douche might have gotten punched. ;-/ ]

        • Lumpy Gaga

          He already apologized! He was at dinner! Jeez.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      May Donald decide to go golfing today.

      https://youtu.be/T4TxahKAqlg

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        There is so much physics in this.

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          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            What is RS?

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            raw story.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Ah! Merci!

        • Miji

          Not to mention the the rapid and invisible transfer of thermal energy at the end.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Ha! That’s the best part.
            Thermodynamics!

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  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Such a wonderful FU to Tony Duggar-Duggar PerKKKins.

  • Good.
    Won’t this make it harder for trump to block in the future? Once they enlist and demonstrate there’s no negativity?

    • Reality.Bites

      1. Trump has no future.
      2. One more SCOTUS appointment and that won’t matter. The conservatives on the court do not believe the government has to prove no discriminatory intent. They are perfectly fine with a defense of “we don’t want them because we don’t like them.”

      • Ninja0980

        Yup but they couch it in nice phrases such as following the law instead of what we want it to be and originalism, which is basically a way of justifying bigotry forever.

        • Todd20036

          Yeah. They鈥檒l claim the constitution isn鈥檛 a living document. Since LBGTs aren鈥檛 mentioned , we don鈥檛 have rights

          • JAKvirginia

            “Isn’t a living document”. Really? Then they should get to work chipping a certain quote off of the Jefferson Memorial in DC. That Founding Father has stated otherwise.

  • JoeMyGod

    My apologies for not being on top of this story last night. My phone started blowing up just as we were sitting down to dinner for what would be a very long night out. I hate when that happens.

    • Reality.Bites

      Don’t buy Samsung if you don’t want your phone blowing up.

      https://media.giphy.com/media/l0MYyY4hDOBCs8ZFu/source.gif

    • KarenAtFOH

      Apologies absolutely not required! Thank you for all you do.

    • Ninja0980

      No need to apologize.
      You are allowed to have a life outside this website.

    • Hank

      Where in FTL did you dine?? Rosies? Tee Jai’s? or outside of Wilton Manors?

      • JoeMyGod

        Ethos on Wilton Drive.

        • Hank

          Have not tried it. I will have to give it a try. Enjoy the grey day, here. Although it is warmer, than NYC. 馃憤

    • TuuxKabin

      Turn the Mofo thing off & enjoy, s.v.p. Hope you had a good evening.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Almost every good thing that has happened to LGBT Americans has come from either grassroot protests and movements or the judicial branch.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      … and Joe Biden.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Eh… courts were already moving in that direction when he spoke up

        • What’s that quote? “Millstones of Justice turn exceedingly slow, but grind exceedingly fine.”

    • Ninja0980

      Which is why it’s so scary Republicans are transforming the former to ensure that won’t happen in the future.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Yep, the courts giveth and the courts taketh away

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Then they invite violence and much more social instability.

        • Which is why they’re continuing to provide surplus military equipment to local police forces.

          • Ninja0980

            Yup, because they know when shit hits the fan, that is the only protection they’ll have.

        • Bambino

          As long as they and their personal families are protected by the transformed SS troops, they don’t give a rat ass about violece against the rest of the civilians.

          • LesbianTippingHabits

            And this is why everyone across the political spectrum should insist that local authorities, e.g., Charlottesville, protect both peaceful protestors and counter-protestors without reference to viewpoint.

            In pre-Nazi Germany, the SS and the brownshirts got their start as private security for Nazi rallies.

            We don’t want that here in America. Thank you.

  • BlackGayVeganAtheist
    • Reality.Bites

      Not even the German army?

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        Nope. His granpappy went to the California Gold Rush to open a brothel rather than serve in the German army. (To be fair, I’d have done the same thing, had I lived at that time.)

        • Reality.Bites

          And you’d done it, the female workers wouldn’t have been exploited.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            Yep, which means I’d have starved to death. 馃檪

          • Reality.Bites

            I just meant you’d not keep them from their work with your own demands.

        • yes b’y

          I think it was the Klondike and he operated a brothel. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/trump-canada-yukon-1.3235254 Thank Cod he left Canada!

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            I had thought it was California, for some reason… Ooops.

          • yes b’y

            https://media.giphy.com/media/l396BGuJksuiWBd8A/giphy.gif I was hoping that he had been deported from Canada but it was Germany.

          • yes b’y
          • Karl Dubhe 2

            Gah, I hope it’s as successful as Vanderzalm’s theme park.

          • yes b’y

            lol, Fantasy Gardens

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      • BlackGayVeganAtheist

        Nope not even the German Army

  • bkmn

    This means Pence and the Teavangelicals are working on something else.

  • JohnJay
    • yes b’y
      • MonochromeMouse

        But rats are cute little babies. The Pences look like someone tried to make a snowman out of a mound of lard and shit, I think they might have used what was left over after making Sarah Huckaby Sanders.

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    • Danieruw
      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Thanks for sharing.

        Of note, the homeowners who posted the Pro-Gay Banner on their own private property were also very gracious and welcoming to Secret Service and other law enforcement personnel, offering hot beverages and sharing their food.

        You always catch a lot of flies with Honey.

        Trump, on the other hand, is so Vinegar.

        Sad !

  • Richard B

    When this all first started, the choice of words and the case being made in the announcements the administration was using, sounded as if the odious hate group leader, Tony Perkins was writing the actual press releases – just saying….

    • Reality.Bites

      Trump repeatedly shows he’s willing to say whatever his backers want, without regard to its viability.

      So he says they’ll move the embassy, they’ll ban transgender people, they’ll build a wall, etc., regardless of whether it’s remotely possible or desirable to do so.

      So you’re likely correct or close to it, them being at best rewrites of religious-right talking points.

  • Treant

    Why do I get the feeling that they’re taking names and will expel them when they feel they’ve gotten everybody?

    • Maybe because Trump’s a vindictive asshole?

    • Todd20036

      Perhaps. But I don鈥檛 think trump will be around long enough

      Also, if we can flip the senate, that will stop scores from being stacked

  • Ninja0980

    Like others here, I smell a rat.
    No way they are giving up this easily without an ulterior motive.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Hopefully, that dead rat smell is just his moldering toupee.

    • They’ll probably try to impose so many restrictions and qualifications as to make it impossible for transgender people to enlist or continue to serve.

      It’s the right-wing anti-Roe, anti-Obergefell strategy: keep chipping away.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I wonder if he backed down because a group of generals pushed back. He has a weird thing about generals.

    • Todd20036

      It went to the courts

      Plus yeah, the military has no problems with transgendered

      Additionally, they spent millions to train them, so kicking them out means they鈥檙e throwing away money

      • JAKvirginia

        “It went to the courts.” Now that’s a phrase I’m going to get REAL tired of hearing over the next 3 years. Legal challenges aren’t free. That’s your tax dollars people!

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      I think Skeptical_Inquirer is right.

      If a dictator loses “his” generals, well, he’s on his way out.

  • Somethings evil afoot…..he backed down way to easily on this.

    • It’s not something he cares about personally — it’s on the Pence/Perkins wish list, and they have nowhere else to go.

  • Henry Auvil

    So much winning!

  • Cuberly Deux

    Didn’t Toni Pumpkins issue a hate prayer email blast to gawd to kick all trans people out?

    Well, there ya go…..the power of prayer. Ha!

    • OdieDenCO

      seems to have worked. the closet door is in pieces and military is duty is open to all. the great melting pot bubbles on.

      be careful of what you wish for, you might not like what you actually get.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Even if he croaks tomorrow, they will find a way to fuck with ALL of us for the next 3 years.

    https://twitter.com/michikokakutani/status/946919118556532736

    • Hue-Man

      Is this part of the GOP effort to redistrict based on CITIZENS and not everyone counted in the Census? Take House seats away from high immigrant blue states (California) and give more to low-immigration red states.

  • Todd20036

    Resist

  • GanymedeRenard

    Suck it, Pence, Perkkkins, et al.! SUCK IT!

  • KnownDonorDad
  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Let’s just hope that real transgender Americans, such as the small number of 2017 Service Academy graduates not commissioned last summer, are ready to go!

  • April

    Just you wait, Trump will Tweet that Trans folks are only joining now so they can get surgery. President Bone Spurs can’t fathom us being patriotic.

  • Bubba in TX

    Regardless of this outcome, Trump succeeded in the way he cares about most: He made sure his base (esp. the Religious Right) knows he is on their side.

    So much dogwhistling. Or whatever the out-loud, blatant version is.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Good news, for now. Alas, I wouldn’t become complacent about this because you just know #PetulantPence is going to have a say about this.

  • JCF

    I swear, Drumpf will deny he ever tweeted the ban…while Pence/Sessions keep fighting to implement it.

  • Ann Kah

    That’s one good thing about his mental state. Whatever he just said, he will forget about it in another few days. Of course, that’s the same as the bad thing about his mental state…

  • DonnaLee

    Guaranteed Trump wouldn’t even remember this unless it’s pointed out to him.