President Donald Trump abruptly announced his attention to bar all transgender service members from the US military in late July on Twitter.
A federal judge in Maryland has issued a preliminary injunction that blocks the Trump administration from banning transgender people from serving in the military.
Garbis has ordered USA military heads not to enforce policies and directives of Trump regarding military eligibility of transgender service members and related sex-reassignment medical procedures.
But in a strongly-worded passage from his 53-page decision, Garbis wrote that the "capricious, arbitrary, and unqualified tweet of new policy does not trump the methodical and systematic review by military stakeholders qualified to understand the ramifications of policy change".
The Trump trans military ban issued via Twitter in July 2017 was always based on flimsy reasoning: The U.S. President consulted no now serving military officials about it and lied about the military not being able to absorb the cost of trans healthcare (even though the military spends five times more money on Viagra).
Just hours after the ruling by Garbis, the Trump administration filed an appeal to the October 30 ruling by Kollar-Kotelly, a move that was quickly criticized by advocates. Two weeks before Trump issued his official memo instating the ban in late August, two LGBTQ organizations filed lawsuits against it.
A Pentagon spokesperson, Mark Wright, said the Tuesday ruling will have no impact on current Defence Department policy.
"Today's filing signals that the Trump administration is more committed than ever to demeaning and stigmatizing transgender service members and transgender Americans", said GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi. "We're pleased that the courts have stepped in to ensure that trans service members are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve".
Garbis was especially unaffected by the Justice Department's contention that the "President did not really declare an arrangement choice" when he passed on the prohibition on Twitter in July.