DOJ Appeals Ruling Against Transgender Military Ban

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade:

Eliminating any question on whether the administration would allow court orders against President Trump’s transgender military ban to stand, the U.S. Justice Department late Tuesday appealed one decision to a federal appeals court.

The appeal came on the same day a federal court in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction against Trump’s transgender military ban, becoming the second court to enjoin the directive Trump issued in August.

But the appeal wasn’t for that order. The Justice Department appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit an earlier decision issued by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in D.C.

The notice of appeal eliminates any question on whether the Justice Department would continue to defend the ban or allow the ruling to stand, although there have been prior indications the Trump administration would fight the decision.