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Second US judge bars Trump's military transgender ban

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A second federal judge today ruled against President Donald Trump's ban on transgender military personnel, further undermining his order by saying Pentagon-funded sex reassignment surgeries can continue to go ahead. Trump in July sent out three tweets decreeing that transgender troops could not serve "in any capacity," citing "tremendous" medical costs and disruption. The tweets, later followed by a formal White House memorandum, set off a roar of protest -- with several service members and rights groups quick to sue. Trump's predecessor Barack Obama took the historic decision to allow openly transgender troops to serve in the military, a move that was due to go into full effect in July this year. Today, US District Judge Marvin Garbis said the "lack of any justification for the abrupt policy change," coupled with the "discriminatory impact" on troops in question "cannot possibly constitute a legitimate governmental interest." The ruling follows a similar move on October
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