Court Hears Arguments in Transgender Military Service Ban

In this Sunday, June 11, 2017, file photo, Equality March for Unity and Pride participants march past the White House in Washington. Carolyn Kaster/AP
In this Sunday, June 11, 2017, file photo, Equality March for Unity and Pride participants march past the White House in Washington. Carolyn Kaster/AP

PORTLAND, Ore. — Lawyers for President Donald Trump urged a federal appeals court in Portland to allow the administration to prevent certain transgender people from serving in the U.S. armed forces.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the U.S. Department of Justice argued Wednesday for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a federal judge's preliminary injunction that halted the administration's plan and to declare it constitutional.

Brinton Lucas of the Justice Department argued the policy under former President Barack Obama that allows transgender people to openly serve in the military "imposes a risk to military readiness."

LGBTQ advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in Seattle last year, challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration's ban.

The hearing was the first time a federal appeals court has heard oral arguments on the plan.

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