(Martin M. Barillas – LifeSiteNews) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that the Trump administration may temporarily enforce restrictions on transgender people serving in the military.
However, the high court declined to review whether the administration’s new policy is legal until a ruling emerges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court split 5-4 on the issue, with the liberal justices in the minority.
In November, Trump’s Solicitor General Noel Francisco submitted his request in advance of a ruling of the Ninth Circuit. Francisco called on the Supreme Court to take up the case immediately and issue a ruling during this term. He argued that a lower court had blocked an Administration policy that is “necessary to place the Department of Defense in the strongest position to protect the American people.”
Francisco said that a review by the Department of Defense determined that allowing persons diagnosed with a condition known as gender dysphoria to serve in the military or transition while serving poses a threat to military effectiveness and readiness.