Donald Trump asks USA court to fast-track trans military ban ruling

Posted November 26, 2018

The government's appeals of those rulings had been moving forward.

Normally, the Supreme Court waits to take action until regional appeals courts have ruled.

So it's rare for the justices to intervene early as the Trump administration has been pressing them to do.

The request, filed by Solicitor General Noel Francisco, urges the high court to compound four separate legal challenges to US President Donald Trump's transgender ban and singularly rule on the issue this term.

"And absent this Court's prompt intervention, it is unlikely that the military will be able to implement its new policy any time soon", it said.

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The current policy was based on recommendations made by Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said the Pentagon found that exempting transgender people from military standards could undermine its readiness for combat.

That proposal replaced President Trump's plan to ban all transgender military members, which he announced via Twitter in 2017.

The Trump administration issued a memorandum that bars people with a history of "gender dysphoria", which would require medical treatment, from being admitted to the USA military "except under certain limited circumstances".

"Francisco added that "[Defense] Secretary [Jim] Mattis and a panel of senior military leaders and other experts determined that the prior policy. posed too great a risk to military effectiveness and lethality". "The administration ought to be thanking them for their service - not trying to score political points by purging them from our military". "This is simply one more attempt by a reckless Trump administration to push through a discriminatory policy".

The petitions ask for the top court to consolidate the cases for decision and consider the dispute during its current term, which ends in June or July 2019.

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For a case to bypass lower courts, it must be of "imperative public importance" - important enough to warrant a change in the process it's reviewed by appellate courts, and important enough "to require immediate determination in this court", according to Supreme Court rules.

Attorney Peter Renn of Lambda Legal told the Washington Post Friday that "yet again, the Trump administration flouts established norms and procedures".

Trump reversed the policy, prompting outrage and lawsuits, which were ruled against the Trump administration.

The effort has drawn criticism from those who say such requests puts the Supreme Court in position to be seen as doing the administration's bidding.

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