Although the memorandum will not take effect until January 2018, two lawsuits have already been filed to challenge the controversial ban on transgender service members. In Friday's update, Trump coordinated the divisions of Defense and Homeland Security "to decide how to address transgender people as of now serving" and to stop the utilization of assets to finance "sex-reassignment surgical techniques".
The White House directed the Pentagon Friday to extend a pre-existing ban on enrolling transgender troops, and gave Defense Secretary James Mattis six months to develop a policy on now serving transgender troops.
"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".
"There is also no evidence to support your claim about the "tremendous medical costs" associated with transgender service members", the letter reads.
The first lawsuit was filed Monday at a federal court in Seattle. "Men and women who are transgender with the courage and capacity to serve deserve more from their commander-in-chief".
The move reversed an Obama administration policy implemented in July 2016 that allowed transgender people to serve openly in the military. The White House has declined to comment on the pending litigation, according to the Reuters news agency.
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"Defendants' disparate treatment of transgender individuals deprives them of their right to equal dignity and stigmatizes them as second-class citizens in violation of equal protection guarantees", Lambda Legal wrote in briefs.
The Seattle-based Gender Justice League and several local transgender people who either want to join the military or who now serve in the armed forces have filed a lawsuit in federal court, according to a news release Monday.
Offended parties in the two suits charge that Trump's strategy mandate abused their entitlement to rise to insurance and due process. "Trump also directed the departments of Defence and Homeland Security to determine how to address transgender individuals now serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant", CNN reported citing a White House official.
"And we're confirming that going forward we will apply the same general principles, standards, and procedures to transgender service members as we do to all service members", he concluded.
Another lawsuit filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders was filed before Trump's directive and remains pending before a federal court in D.C.
In Washington state, Lambda Legal filed the second lawsuit Monday, which goes a step further and argues the transgender ban violates the First Amendment rights of transgender troops by keeping them from "expressing and conducting themselves consistently with their gender". "The most they can decide are the individual fates of now serving transgender personnel, whose presence will be inconsistent with new military policy".