Trump has also directed his cabinet to decide how to handle transgender people already serving in the military, saying that until that is done "no action may be taken against such individuals under the policy".
Initially announced via Twitter earlier this summer, the memorandum would bar the Department of Defense from providing medical treatment for those transgender service members now serving. "The president claims in tweets transgender service costs money and military readiness". It'll be up to the judge to schedule hearings.
It also suggests Trump's motivations were "purely political", and that he was trying to get more votes in Congress to fund his U.S. -Mexico wall by appealing to members who morally disapprove of men and women who are transgender.
Additionally, Trump ordered Defense Secretary James Mattis to submit by February 21 a plan "to address transgender individuals now serving in the United States military".
"President Trump is listening to [the military's] concerns about distractions that hinder their mission - and now he is acting to address them", stated Perkins. Moreover, the civil rights group says, it's a constitutional matter.
"We do not comment on active or pending litigation", a White House official said. The plaintiffs include Staff Sgt. Catherine Schmid, a 33-year-old woman now serving in Joint Base Lewis-McChord who has applied to become an Army warrant officer.
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There are now at least three lawsuits against Trump's ban. "Even if some transgender service members are granted continuation of service despite the ban, they will serve under standards that apply only to them, in a system in which there is a presumption that they are unfit for duty, and with no assurance that their permission to remain will endure", said a statement by five allies of the Palm Center. "Others have deployed to combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan".
"Allowing men and women who are transgender to serve openly and providing them with necessary health care does nothing to harm military readiness or unit cohesion", Block added.
A recent report from the RAND Corporation appears to bolster the ACLU's position.
The suit quoted Sen. The military spends ten times that amount - $84 million annually - providing Viagra and sexual dysfunction medications to members of the armed forces.
Davidson said as of last week, transgender people were already being turned away from enlistment.
Like numerous other plaintiffs, Stone disclosed his transgender status following the Obama administration's change in policy.
Duckworth, who lost both legs serving in the Iraq war, has received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Congressional Scorecard, a measure of a lawmaker's support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.