Analysis

High Court's 'Transgender Ban' Orders Leave Questions Open

By Daniel Wilson (January 25, 2019, 9:05 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stay injunctions against the U.S. Department of Defense's "transgender ban" policy may relate more to its reluctance to prematurely block military decisions than anything else, although the court's 5-4 split could also hint more broadly at the justices' underlying views, experts said.

In a pair of orders issued Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to stay two preliminary injunctions against the DOD's policy on transgender servicemembers, shortly after the D.C. Circuit lifted another injunction against the policy.

The policy, issued in March, allows transgender people to join or serve in the military only if they don't have...

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