United States President Donald Trump continues to push forward a policy that would ban transgender people from serving in most parts of the military.
The policy plan was first revealed by Trump in July 2017 in a controversial tweet. Secretary of Defense James Mattis later confirmed the details of the proposed policy, which blocks people who suffer from gender dysphoria from serving with the exception of a few limited roles. The policy also states that people who do not suffer from gender dysphoria can serve but must do so as the gender that they were assigned at birth.
Although district courts from all over the nation have continued to block the policy, Trump took the fight to a new level on Friday when his administration asked the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the policy. The hearing request comes on the heels of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals listening to arguments earlier this fall. In December, the DC Circuit will also hear arguments.
The Friday petition was filed by Solicitor General Noel Francisco. He wants the justices to agree to hear three different cases in an attempt to come down with a definitive ruling on the policy during this term of the court. Francisco’s argument claims that the lower courts should not be able to impose their jurisdictions on national policy.
On the other side of the aisle, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi continued to vow her support to fight this act of discrimination against transgender people. Pelosi argues that the ban also weakens the strength of the military.
The move by the Trump administration is a departure from the usual procedure of the court. In normal circumstances, the Supreme Court prefers that the cases go through the proper channels in the lower courts before they agree to hear them. However, this is not the first time that Francisco has asked the court to hear cases before they go through the standard procedure.