Armed Forces News

The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to review rulings by lower courts that have prevented the implementation of a ban on military service by transgender persons.

The Nov. 23 request, filed by the Justice Department before the high court, specifically asks the justices to review decisions made by a federal court in Washington State in 2017, and upheld by the 9thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals roughly a year later. Three other rulings court rulings also essentially stopped the transgender ban, but on a temporary basis pending the final outcomes of the appellate processes.

The action drew sharp criticism from advocacy groups, who argue that the Supreme Court should not consider the pending cases until they are resolved in the lower courts.