Federal District Court Stops Transgender Military Ban

Court Agrees Constitutional Challenge Brought by Foley Hoag, GLAD, NCLR and WilmerHale is Likely to Succeed

October 31, 2017

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued an order halting enforcement of President Donald J. Trump’s ban on military service by transgender people.

Foley Hoag LLP, working with lawyers from GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and WilmerHale, secured the order against the ban on behalf of five active-duty transgender servicemembers and two students who are attempting to enroll in officer training programs. The five active-duty plaintiffs currently serve in the United States Army, Air Force and Coast Guard, and collectively have contributed over 60 years of service to their country. Their years of service range from three years to two decades and include tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The ruling is a victory not only for the plaintiffs, but for all transgender service members, who can serve in the military on equal terms without the threat of discharge as the case proceeds.  

NCLR, GLAD, Foley Hoag and WilmerHale filed the case, Doe v. Trump, on August 9.

The Foley Hoag legal team includes Claire Laporte, Matthew Miller, Jennifer Kirby, Daniel McFadden, Kathleen Brill, Michael Licker, Tracy Roosevelt and Rachel Hutchinson.

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