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08/30/2017 01:08 pm ET

NCLR: Reports that Secretary Mattis Has Halted Trump’s Trans Military Ban Are Inaccurate

“Secretary Mattis did not make a decision to ‘buy time’ or to ‘freeze’ the current policy."

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Legal Director Shannon Minter issued the following statement in response to suggestions that Secretary Mattis exercised discretion to halt Trump’s transgender military ban:

“Secretary Mattis did not make a decision to ‘buy time’ or to ‘freeze’ the current policy. The President’s August 25, 2017 Memorandum expressly provides that the new ban does not go into effect until March 23, 2018 and expressly states that no one can be discharged for being transgender in the meantime.  There is nothing new at all here,  and suggesting otherwise is terribly misleading.

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