The Attorney's General of 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed a brief in the US District Court for DC arguing that President Trump's proposed ban on military service by transgender people is unconstitutional, against the national interest and harmful to the transgender community.
Our military should be open to every brave American who volunteers to serve.
--Maura Healy, Massachusetts
Nothing about being transgender inhibits a person's ability to serve in the military or otherwise contribute to society.
The brief also argues that Trump made an "irrational decision to reverse recent progress and reinstitute formal discrimination against transgender individuals" and that the administration's "purported justifications for reinstating the ban are contradicted by research, reason, and experience."
The attorneys general said they filed the brief in part because the ban harms transgender individuals in their states.
The brief supports a lawsuit filed in August by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders on behalf of eight transgender individuals, including members of the Air Force, Coast Guard and the Army, as well as students at the U.S. Naval Academy and in the ROTC program at the University of New Haven.
Signing the brief were the AGs of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Vermont, and The District of Columbia.