U.S. President Donald Trump’s restrictions on transgender troops are allowed to proceed following a 5-4 Supreme Court decision issued on Tuesday. The justices did not rule on the merits of the case but instead chose to grant the Trump administration’s request to lift injunctions issued by federal judges.
In 2017 the President announced his plan to ban transgender people from serving in the military, reversing an Obama-era policy from a year earlier that allowed them to openly serve and receive medical care to transition genders.
Trump stated the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” as the reasoning behind the ban.
Legal challenges continue in the lower courts. The ban was originally blocked by federal courts because it “likely violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.”