On Wednesday DOJ attorneys moved to have a lawsuit against Trump's transgender military ban dismissed, arguing that the lawsuit was "premature."
Four different lawsuits were filed against the administration in opposition to the ban.
DOJ argues that because the policy has not been fully implemented and none of the plaintiffs "face a current or imminent threat of injury during the interim period while the policy is being studied," it should be dismissed.
The government’s response reads like pure fiction. It states a fantasy that the president’s announcement of a ban on military service for transgender people has changed nothing.
--Jennifer Levi, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)
Plaintiffs’ lawsuit challenging military service requirements is premature and should be dismissed for many reasons, including that the Defense Department is actively reviewing such service requirements, as the president ordered, and because none of the Plaintiffs have established that they will be impacted by current policies on military service.
--DOJ Spokeswoman Lauren Ehrsam
You have the commander-in-chief saying that there is a class of service members that he doesn't think should be in uniform. That sets a really negative tone for transgender service members.
--Former Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning
On Aug. 31, 2017, the civil rights groups filed for a preliminary injunction to immediately stop the ban and added two named plaintiffs to the case, Dylan Kohere and Regan Kibby.
The future, I had planned for myself was crumbling.
--Kibby, Annapolis midshipman
Kibby, 20, who had "always wanted to serve" his country, began at the Naval Academy before the Obama-era defense secretary announced that transgender members of the military could serve openly.
It wasn’t until after I got to the academy, that I started being open with myself.
Kibby came out as transgender to his command during the second semester of freshman year, and was met with "support and respect."
Kibby is currently on leave from the Academy because of the Obama-era military requirements to change ones gender.
Before Trump made his announcement, the military’s policy required that transgender individuals had to have eighteen months of stability in their gender identity prior to graduation, which is when Kibby would have been commissioned.
Kibby is now at home in North Carolina, interning at a law office, taking an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) course and was planning to return to the Academy and graduate in 2020.
But, under Trump’s directive, he won't be allowed to go back, change his gender records, or enter the military.