Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-02-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

U.S. District Court Denies Move to End Injunction Blocking Transgender Military Ban
2018-09-19

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California rejected the Trump-Pence Administration's latest attempt to implement its discriminatory transgender military ban Tuesday, denying a motion to dissolve the nationwide preliminary injunction previously issued in a lawsuit filed by Equality California and seven active duty service members and recruits seeking to join the military.

"In the history of military service in this country, 'the loss of unit cohesion' has been consistently weaponized against open service by a new minority group," wrote U.S. District Court Judge Jesus G. Bernal in the order denying the motion. "Yet, at every turn, this assertion has been overcome by the military's steadfast ability to integrate these individuals into effective members of our armed forces. As with blacks, women, and gays, so now with transgender persons. The military has repeatedly proven its capacity to adapt and grow stronger specifically by the inclusion of these individuals. Therefore, the government cannot use 'the loss of unit cohesion' as an excuse to prevent an otherwise qualified class of discrete and insular minorities from joining the armed forces."

"Anyone willing to risk their life to protect our country should be treated fairly and with dignity and respect," said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur. "As long as President Trump continues to double down on this unpatriotic and discriminatory ban, we'll continue to fight him with everything we've got — and we have a pretty good track record of winning."

The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) are representing plaintiffs in this case, Stockman v. Trump, along with Latham & Watkins LLP. Stockman is one of four cases in which plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the president's proposed purge of transgender servicemembers from the military have successfully blocked the ban from being put into effect while the cases proceed through the courts.

"More than 9,000 transgender troops are serving honorably and deserve to be protected by the constitution they are defending," said NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter. "Today's decision underscores the importance of our nation's courts in enforcing those constitutional guarantees."

Similar motions filed by the Justice Department have also been denied in Doe v. Trump, also brought by NCLR and GLAD, and Karnoski v. Trump, brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the Department's effort to put the denial of the dissolution of the preliminary injunction in Karnoski on hold pending appeal.

"Judge Bernal's decision is the most recent in a now long line of federal district court cases rejecting any military-focused justifications for a ban on transgender service members," said GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi. "Transgender service members have been courageously putting their lives on the line for their country. It is in the interest of our country's security that they continue to be permitted to do so."

In November 2017, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra successfully intervened in the case to allow the State of California to join as co-Plaintiff.

"Today's ruling upholds our nation's values and interests. The Trump Administration's transgender military service ban does not," said Attorney General Becerra. "President Trump's despicable ban weakens our national security and erodes the fundamental value of equality that makes our nation great. Our servicemembers, regardless of gender identity, are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us. We are proud to continue the fight to protect their liberties despite the federal government's disregard for equality and the rule of law."

Background on Stockman v. Trump:

Equality California, the nation's largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, along with four active transgender service members in the United States military and three transgender individuals who wish to enlist in the military, filed Stockman v. Trump in September 2017. In November 2017, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra successfully intervened in the case to allow the State of California to join as co-plaintiff. The National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and Latham & Watkins LLP are representing Equality California and the other Stockman v. Trump plaintiffs. The original complaint, filed on September 5, 2017, is available here.

—From a press release

Equality California is the nation's largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation. www.GLAD.org

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. www.NCLRights.org .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

10 questions with Vic: Ashlee Marie Preston 2019-02-13 - Ashlee Marie Preston is an award-winning Media Personality, Producer and Civil Rights Activist. She is historically the first trans woman to become Editor ...


Gay News

Trans art show launches Feb. 14 2019-02-13 - Chicago Therapy Collective is presenting the exhibit "Trans Art Is: Love & Liberation." An opening ceremony will take place at Andersonville Gallery, 5247 ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Trans military ban, Black icons, Edie Windsor, trans art exhibit 2019-02-13 - A high-ranking officer in the California National Guard said that the group will not comply with Donald Trump's transgender military ban, LGBTQ Nation ...


Gay News

Congressional resolution for open trans military service put forward, groups comment 2019-02-11 - WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Joe Kennedy III ( D-MA,4 ) led efforts for a resolution opposing President Trump's ban on openly transgender service ...


Gay News

Business workshop held on being an ally of trans, GNC people 2019-02-11 - Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ), Praxis Group and Upswing Advocates hosted "Being a Stronger Ally: Trans and GNC Affirming Business Workshop," ...


Gay News

Film on Chicago trans woman running Feb. 19 2019-02-10 - The ACLU of Illinois, Pride Action Tank and the Transformative Justice Law Project are hosting a special screening of Chicago Love, from the ...


Gay News

Trans military item to be heard Feb. 19 2019-02-09 - A public hearing involving a resolution about President Trump's anti-transgender military ban is slated to go before the Cook County Commissioners on Tuesday, ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Brian Patrick Donegan, Air Force veteran 2019-02-08 - Brian Patrick Donegan—a U.S. Air Force veteran and much-loved dog-walker and house sitter who was a native of Algonquin—passed away Feb. 2. He ...


Gay News

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Support Trans Military Service, Groups Respond 2019-02-07 - ( Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2019 ) — Earlier today, in a joint and bipartisan effort, the Senate and the House of Representatives ...


Gay News

Peter Shinkle, author of Ike's Mystery Man, Feb. 11 at Pritzker Military Library 2019-02-06 - Peter Shinkle, Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler, is a view into the inner workings of the Eisenhower White House ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.