WASHINGTON (WDTN) – In a 5-4 vote Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to allow the President’s military transgender ban to go into effect.
Veteran Mia Mason served as Michael Mason before transitioning to a woman. She says the Trump administration’s ban is a slap to the face of brave transgender men and women who want to serve.
“We deserve to fight and now it’s just been taken away again,” she says.
The Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision allowed the Trump administration’s transgender ban to take effect. However, justices refused to rule on the constitutionality of the ban itself and will wait for lower courts to rule on that.
A Pentagon spokesperson says the Defense Department plans to abide by its proposed policy. They will not ban service by all transgender people, but instead, it will make decisions on a case-by-case basis.
Human rights advocates are taking legal action against the administration say the high court’s ruling puts the nation’s security at risk.
“Permitting president trumps ban to go into effect will inflict serious harm on transgender service members and the military itself,” says Peter Renn with Lambda Legal
While opponents call the Supreme Court ruling a setback, Mason says the fight isn’t over.
“We will continue to take legal action to make sure no matter if you’re a John Doe or Jane Doe or even if you want to join into the military, you will not be banned because we will continue to take legal action to challenge this,” she says.
The Pentagon says there is still one existing national court order against the policy, so until that’s resolved, changes won’t happen immediately.