On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union announced it would sue the Trump administration over the president's ban on transgender individuals enlisting in the military:
In a series of tweets, the ACLU condemned President Donald Trump's decision and discussed its forthcoming lawsuit. The organization alleged that President Donald Trump's ban was “unconstitutional” and is “based on uninformed speculation, myths, and stereotypes, moral disapproval, and a bare desire to harm” transgender individuals:
The ACLU of Maryland filed the lawsuit on behalf of five currently-serving transgender service members. In a press release, the organization detailed its legal challenges against the administration:
“In the lawsuit, the ACLU argues that the ban violates the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and substantive due process by singling out transgender individuals for unequal and discriminatory treatment. The lawsuit argues that the ban discriminates based on sex and transgender status and that the ban is based on uninformed speculation, myths and stereotypes, moral disapproval, and a bare desire to harm this already vulnerable group.”
On Friday, news broke that Trump issued a presidential memo banning transgender individuals from enlisting in the military. According to the memo, the military cannot direct resources toward sex-reassignment surgeries for already-enlisted individuals either.