The Supreme Court voted this week 5-4 along ideological lines to overturn lower court orders blocking the Trump administration’s policy banning transgender individuals from serving in the military. The policy was in stark contrast to former president Barack Obama’s decision to allow transgender individuals to openly serve which then served as the basis for taxpayer-funded sex changes. An interim policy put forward by former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis sought a middle ground to allow the 1,000 transgender troops already serving to remain in the military but prohibit new transgender enlistees. Prior to this ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit also upheld the policy because it was not a “blanket ban.” Read more…

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The Trump administration can begin enforcing its policy restricting many transgender people from serving in the military while legal challenges proceed through the lower courts, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

The court voted 5-4 to grant Justice Department requests to put on hold lower court orders that blocked the Trump administration from allowing the transgender military ban to take effect nationwide.

The court split along ideological lines, with justices appointed by Democratic presidents voting to deny the Trump administration’s application to halt the lower court rulings — Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.