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On Monday, a federal district court for the District of Columbia granted a motion to block President Donald Trump's administration from implementing a ban on transgender service members in the military.

The court's decision upheld former President Barack Obama's policy of allowing transgender members of the military to serve openly.

“The effect of the Court's Order is to revert to the status quo with regard to accession and retention that existed before the issuance of the Presidential Memorandum,” U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote.

Trump's decision came in an Aug. 25 memorandum that banned the military from funding sex reassignment surgery and postponed implementation until March 23, 2018.

In tweets posted during the summer, the president suggested that transgender individuals burdened military success:

Trump's new policy provoked widespread backlash, including a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union and a rebuke by 20 state attorneys general.

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