The Trump administration asked a federal judge late Wednesday to issue an emergency stay to block a court order requiring the military to move forward with an Obama-era policy allowing transgender Americans to begin serving openly on Jan. 1.
“Specifically, Defendants request that the Court stay the portion of its preliminary injunction requiring Defendants to begin accessing transgender individuals into the military on January 1, 2018, pending a decision by the D.C. Circuit on Defendants’ appeal,” the government wrote in a motion filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., requesting a decision on the request by Monday.
If granted, it could allow the Pentagon to once again delay bringing new transgender troops into the military.
In October, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia blocked President Trump’s ban on transgender troops while a lawsuit made its way through court.
Last week, Kollar-Kotelly issued a follow-up ruling ordering the Pentagon to begin accepting transgender enlistments and commissioning at the beginning of next year despite President Trump’s order to abandon the plans and phase out open service by those troops.
Trump’s transgender military ban was first announced via a series of tweets in late July.
In August, the president signed a memo prohibiting the military from enlisting transgender Americans and from using funds to pay for gender transition-related surgery.