Trump Admin Asks SCOTUS To Fast-Track Transgender Troops Ban Cases

A supporter of LGBT rights holds up an "equality flag" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, during an event held by Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass. in support of transgender members of the, in response ... A supporter of LGBT rights holds up an "equality flag" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, during an event held by Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass. in support of transgender members of the, in response to President Donald Trump's declaration that he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) MORE LESS
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November 23, 2018 2:55 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to fast-track cases on the president’s decision to prevent certain transgender people from serving in the military.

The administration asked the court on Friday to take up three cases on the issue. Lower courts had blocked the administration from implementing the policy.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in one of the cases in October but hasn’t ruled.

The administration had warned that it would ask the high court to step in if the appeals court didn’t rule before Friday. The administration wants the Supreme Court to be able to rule on the issue before the summer.

The justices don’t typically take cases before federal appeals courts rule on them.

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