Second U.S. judge halts Trump's ban on transgender troops

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Posted: Nov 21, 2017 2:49 PM

By Andrew Chung

(Reuters) - A second federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, ruling that the prohibition likely amounts to unconstitutional discrimination.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis in Baltimore ruled that the ban lacked justification and "cannot possibly constitute a legitimate governmental interest." His ruling follows a similar one by a federal judge in Washington on Oct. 30. [nL2N1N51AG]

(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)