Supreme Court Update: Court Stays Injunction on Transgender Military Ban

On January 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court in an unsigned order granted the Trump administration’s application to lift injunctions blocking the ban on transgender individuals from the military “pending disposition of the Government’s appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and disposition of the Government’s petition for a writ of certiorari, if such writ is sought.”

The two injunctions lifted were issued by Federal District Court judges in California and Washington State. The vote was 5-4, with Justice Ginsburg, Justice Breyer, Justice Sotomayor, and Justice Kagan denying the Trump administration’s application.