Twitter Reacts To D.C. Judge Blocking Transgender Military Service Ban

Civil rights advocates are cheering the news.

A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's attempt to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military Monday morning, a decision that's being cheered by civil rights activists. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge ruled that the Pentagon cannot ban transgender recruits from enlisting while Trump's directive is under review. That means that trans troops will continue to serve in the military and they will continue to receive medical care.

GLAAD and the National Center for Lesbian Rights brought the lawsuit against the Trump administration. A lawyer for the group, Jennifer Levy, told POLITICO it is an "enormously important decision."

"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump tweeted in July. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."

Military officials were taken aback by the president's announcement, and several told news outlets that they were unaware the decision was coming at the time. Shortly after, Democratic politicians and civil rights activists began pushing back on the decision, saying it was a violation of transgender rights. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who lost her legs in combat, responded to the ban with a powerful rebuke.

"When I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk helicopter after I was shot down, I didn't care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender, black, white or brown. All that mattered was they didn't leave me behind," Duckworth said in the statement. "If you are willing to risk your life for our country, and you can do the job you should be able to serve — no matter your gender identity or sexual orientation."

As news about the block broke, Twitter users took to the platform to share their thoughts on the ban. Read a few of their reactions below.

Several lawsuits were filed against the Trump administration after the president signed a guidance that directed the ban to begin in March of 2018. It appears that no ban will be enacted until the lawsuits are settled.

Cover photo: Shutterstock / Niyazz.

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