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US Supreme Court allows for Trump's restrictions on transgender troops to come into effect

The high court today reversed lower-court orders preventing the Pentagon from implementing its plans.

File photo of President Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence.
File photo of President Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence.
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THE SUPREME COURT is allowing the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender people while court challenges continue.

The high court today reversed lower-court orders preventing the Pentagon from implementing its plans.

But the court for now declined to take up cases about the plan. The cases will continue to move through lower courts.

Military policy had barred service by transgender people until President Barack Obama’s administration began allowing transgender people already in the military to serve openly and set a date when transgender people would be allowed to enlist.

President Donald Trump’s administration has revisited those policies.

The Trump administration has sought to generally restrict service by transgender people to only those who don’t seek to undergo gender transitions.

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