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Department of Defense appeals court order requiring military to allow openly transgender recruits

Department of Defense appeals court order requiring military to allow openly transgender recruits

The Department of Defense is seeking a last-minute emergency stay for a federal court order requiring the military to allow transgender recruits by Jan. 1, Politico reports.

It’s part of an ongoing legal battle over a policy President Donald Trump announced in July.

“Compelling the military to implement a new accessions policy while it is simultaneously completing a comprehensive study of military service by transgender individuals that may soon result in the adoption of different accessions standards would waste significant military resources and sow unnecessary confusion among service members and applicants,” the Justice Department motion stated.

To date, two federal judges have opposed a policy issued by President Donald Trump in July to bar transgenders from serving in the military.

In 2016, the Pentagon lifted a ban on transgender people serving in the military.

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