President Trump’s tweeted ban on transgender military service hasn’t taken shape yet or gone into effect, but two gay rights groups challenged it as unconstitutional in federal court Wednesday and said it’s already harming thousands of people. The suit said Trump’s tweets have “already resulted in immediate, concrete injury ... by unsettling and destabilizing plaintiffs’ reasonable expectation of continued service.” Trump, who during his presidential campaign promised to be a “real friend” to the gay community, caught military leaders by surprise when he tweeted that the government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” Military officials say they will not act until Trump submits a detailed policy. Since then-President Barack Obama’s administration repealed the ban on transgender service members in June 2016, surveys have estimated the number of transgender people in the 1.3 million-member military at anywhere from 1,320 to 15,000. The lawsuit said Trump’s directive violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection of the law by discriminating against the plaintiffs “based on their sex and transgender status,” interferes with their “fundamental rights to autonomy and privacy,” and lacks any rational justification. In a separate claim, the suit contended that because the plaintiffs relied on the newly announced policy last year to identify themselves to their commanding officers, and in several cases to undergo medical treatment, the government would legally be barred from going back on its word if it tried to discharge them.
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