The US Supreme Court gave President Trump the green light to enforce his ban on transgender individuals serving in the branches of the US military. The Court announced its decision on Tuesday.
Notable dissenters included Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who remains at home recovering from surgery to remove cancerous tumors from her lungs.
President Trump petitioned the Supreme Court to decide whether his military ban on transgender soldiers was legal, after federal judges loyal to former President Barack Obama challenged Trump's ban.
The plaintiffs in a series of lawsuits argued that the policy violated their constitutional rights including the First Amendment, equal protection, and due process.
But transgenderism, which is a symptom of the mental condition gender dysphoria, is not protected under the constitution.
The government said the SCOTUS decision was necessary because the lower court "requires the military to maintain a policy that, in its own professional judgment, risks undermining readiness, disrupting unit cohesion, and weakening military effectiveness and lethality."
The case will now return to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for further proceedings.
According to the Daily Caller, another district court in Maryland that was not before the Supreme Court prohibits the government from enforcing its restrictions on transgender military personnel.
The status of Maryland's injunction is not immediately clear.
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