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Transgender military ban to take effect after appeals court clears path

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President Trump’s transgender military ban will go into effect on April 12 as planned after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday granted a request by the government to dissolve one remaining injunction that temporarily blocked the implementation of the policy.

Details: The new rule largely prohibits transgender troops and new military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and will also likely allow the military to discharge transgender people in need of hormone treatment or surgery. While all 4 injunctions against the policy have been lifted, the courts have not ruled on the underlying merits of the cases.

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