Two weeks after President Trump announced via Twitter that he was going to ban transgender military members, a lawsuit has been filed to block the tweet from becoming policy.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in San Francisco and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) on behalf of five transgender active-duty service members.
The plaintiffs currently serve in the Coast Guard, National Guard and the Army, including one who expects to be deployed to Iraq soon.
The plaintiffs -- identified as Jane Doe 1 through 5 -- allege that after being told by the Obama administration last year that they could serve openly, they now fear being kicked out of the military.
The legal complaint filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., states that "execution of the President’s directive will result in an end to service by openly transgender service members and has already resulted in immediate, concrete injury to Plaintiffs by unsettling and destabilizing plaintiffs’ reasonable expectation of continued service."