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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Two LGBT-rights organizations filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, challenging President Donald Trump's tweets declaring he wants a ban on transgender people serving in the military. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

A federal judge stopped Trump's reversal of the transgender troops policy


A Washington D.C. federal court is blocking President Donald Trump from changing the policy on transgender people in the military.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said Monday in court documents that because transgender people who had sued over the policy change would win their case, the Trump administration is not allowed alter it.

"The effect of the Court’s Order is to revert to the status quo with regard to accession and retention that existed before the issuance of the Presidential Memorandum," Kollar-Kotelly said, according to court documents.

Trump released a memo in August announcing he would reverse the 2016 policy that allowed transgender people to openly serve in the military.

Before June 2016 troops would be discharged for being transgender.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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