Trump Administration's Transgender Military Policy in Effect

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Published on April 12, 2019 - Duration: 01:12s

Trump Administration's Transgender Military Policy in Effect

Under the rule, transgender people currently serving in the military can continue to do so if they agree to serve in their birth gender.

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Trump Administration's Transgender Military Policy in Effect

The Trump administration's rule barring most transgender people from serving in the military went into effect Friday, following a long and complex legal battle.

Under  the new policy , which was approved by the Pentagon in March, transgender people currently serving in the military can continue to do so if they agree to serve in the gender assigned to them at birth.  But most individuals who require hormone treatments or transition surgery will not be allowed to serve.

Though service secretaries may grant waivers on a case-by-case basis.

The policy isn't as strict  as the total ban  President Donald Trump originally ordered in 2017.

Several lawsuits were filed to block that ban, and multiple federal judges granted injunctions.

Courts lifted those injunctions while legal challenges worked their way through the justice system, with  the last injunction getting lifted  in late March.

Since then, the Democrat-controlled House  voted to condemn the rule .

The vote was symbolic, but as Newsy previously reported, it may be an indication that the House will try to overturn the policy, potentially during its yearly Defense Authorization Act process.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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