The Pentagon's policy banning some transgender individuals from joining the military will go into effect on April 12 after appellate judges lifted the final injunction preventing the policy from being implemented, Defense and Justice officials said.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the Justice Department, which had filed an emergency motion asking that the transgender policy be allowed to go forward.

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It is unclear whether the Defense Department's transgender ban will actually take effect on April 12 as planned.

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the Pentagon jumped the gun last week when it announced it will ban people with a medical diagnosis of "gender dysphoria" starting next month. The reason: plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit challenging the transgender ban have until March 29 to request a rehearing.

Until then, an injunction preventing the Pentagon from implementing the transgender ban remains in place, ruled Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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Courtesy Logan Ireland

“First and foremost,” the top sentence reads, “we will continue to treat every Service member with dignity and respect.”

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Mark Logico

On Friday morning, two days after President Donald Trump tweeted that transgender Americans would no longer be allowed to serve their country in the military, I met up with a Navy petty officer at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf here in Mission Valley.

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Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

As the Department of Defense scrambles to develop a policy that fits President Donald Trump’s surprise tweeted ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military, it’s worth asking: Where do transgender troops serve now around the world, and how have they impacted their home nations’ readiness?

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LBJ Library photo

In light of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that transgender Americans will be banned from serving in the military, Austin, Texas’ mayor had a message: Kicked out? Come to Austin.

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