“The thousands of transgender patriots serving this nation deserve much better than to be singled out for discrimination."
The US military's partial ban on transgender people remains in effect, but the Supreme Court's decision helps lawsuits challenging it, legal experts said.
"The president could have called the Secretary immediately and said, 'I have decided against waiting. I want every transgender person in the armed forces discharged within 48 hours.'"
The Pentagon's transgender ban prevents potential recruits with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria from joining the military unless they have been medically stable for 36 months and if they have not yet had medical treatment to transition to a new gender.
Nevada, Washington, Oregon and New Mexico have joined California in defying the Trump administration ban on transgender military, which went into effect April 12