A federal judge removed a bar on President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military Thursday as litigation in the case moves forward.
U.S. District Judge George Russell ruled Thursday that an injunction should not stand, reversing his earlier decision, CNN reported. A final decision on the case, however, has not been reached.
Persons diagnosed with gender dysphoria who have undergone hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery cannot enlist in the military under the ban, CBS News reported. Those who have been diagnosed but have not gone through treatments are still eligible, and transgender personnel currently serving will not be barred from continuing to serve.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is “pleased this procedural hurdle has been cleared,” according to a statement, CNN reported.
“The Department of Defense will be able to implement personnel policies it determined necessary to best defend our nation as litigation continues,” DOJ spokeswoman Kelly Laco told CNN.
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