Seattle – On November 23rd, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the US Supreme Court to review three preliminary federal district court rulings that have kept the Trump administration from implementing its plan to prevent transgender people from serving in the US armed services. The three preliminary rulings include one out of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington in the lawsuit, brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN and joined by the State of Washington, challenging the constitutionality of the proposed ban.
“Today, the US Department of Justice announced its intent to short-circuit established practice, asking the US Supreme Court to review a preliminary district court ruling before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has even had an opportunity to rule,” Lambda Legal Counsel Peter Renn said. “This highly unusual step is wildly premature and inappropriate, both because there is no final judgment in the case and because even the preliminary issue on appeal has not yet been decided. It seems the Trump administration can’t wait to discriminate …. There is no valid reason to jump the line now and seek US Supreme Court review before the appellate courts have even ruled on the preliminary issues before them.”
Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed the lawsuit, Karnoski v. Trump, in August 2017, on behalf of nine individual plaintiffs and three organizational plaintiffs: the Human Rights Campaign, the Seattle-based Gender Justice League, and the American Military Partner Association. The State of Washington later joined the lawsuit. In addition to Karnoski v. Trump, the administration also asked the Supreme Court to review the preliminary rulings in Stockman v. Trump and Doe v. Trump, lawsuits filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia and the US District Court for the Central District of California. (Seattle Gay News & Lambda Legal at Sgn.org/sgnnews46_48/page3.cfm)