President Donald Trump’s efforts to ban openly transgender troops from serving in the U.S. military has been dealt with another blow after a federal judge ruled that such recruits must be allowed in starting Jan. 1.  U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly clarified on Monday a previous injunction issued in October that the U.S. military must follow former President Barack Obama’s memorandum last year,

which paved the way for transgender troops to be recruited.  “Any action by any of the Defendants that changes this status quo is preliminary enjoined,” Kollar-Kotelly wrote in the latest memo.  The judge also said that Defense Secretary James Mattis does not have the discretion to delay the start of recruitment of openly trans soldiers.  Vox pointed out that Trump’s ban would have fully taken effect on March 2018, though an appeal could still overturn the latest decisions.  READ MORE