“All five of the plaintiffs said they relied on the 2016 policy change when they notified commanding officers they were transgender. Besides the constitutional challenges, they ask the court to find Trump’s intentions would be a violation of the promises government has made to members of the military.”[Citation]
The breaking news late this morning is about the first lawsuit against the transgender military service ban. But I suspect there’s going to be problems.
“October 03, 2015 8:00 AM: As she came to realize her true gender as a woman, Jennifer Peace knew she needed to have two difficult conversations.”
“The first would be with her wife, Deborah.”
“The second would be with the Army.”
“Until then, she was known as a male intelligence officer with a bright future who’d just returned from a second combat deployment.”
“Almost three years later, Capt. Peace is happier than ever with her wife and three children.”
“But she’s still waiting to find out what the Army has in store for her.”
“It’s excruciating,” said Peace, 30, a Spanaway resident who works as an intelligence officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.”
“She’s a soldier not-so-patiently waiting for a new Pentagon policy she’s almost certain will repeal the Defense Department’s ban on transgender military service members.”[Citation]
The trans ban was officially lifted on June 30, 2016. If any of the plaintiffs are the same folks who transitioned before the ban was lifted, then it should be quite interesting to see what happens when this gets pointed out in court. Not to mention that it’s against military regulations to have unauthorized medical treatments that your command doesn’t know about and hasn’t approved, most especially for officers.