A federal judge refused to reverse her ruling which blocked the enforcement of President Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military, reported the Hill.
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who was appointed under the Clinton administration to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled the court wasn’t convinced the government would suffer irreparable harm without of stay of the preliminary injunction.
“Without supporting evidence, defendants’ bare assertion that the Court’s injunction poses a threat to military readiness is insufficient to overcome the public interest in ensuring that the government does not engage in unconstitutional and discriminatory conduct,” the judge wrote in her ruling.
“After all, ‘it must be remembered that all Plaintiffs seek during this litigation is to serve their nation with honor and dignity, volunteering to face extreme hardships, to endure lengthy deployments and separation from family and friends, and to willingly make the ultimate sacrifice of their lives if necessary to protect the Nation, the people of the United States, and the Constitution against all who would attack them,’” Kollar-Kotelly continued, quoting a past ruling.
The preliminary injunction was issued in October 2017 by Kollar-Kotelly, which blocked the ban while a lawsuit against it was being heard.
The Department of Justice tried to bypass judicial order by asking the Supreme Court to review the case before federal appellate courts weighed in.