Reaction mixed on judge's ruling on transgender troops

Transgender men and women will be allowed to join the military, following a D.C. federal judge's decision

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC)-- The Trump administration is on record saying that it intends to appeal to a higher court, one day after a D.C. federal court judge denied President Donald J.Trump's request to delay an order requiring the military to begin accepting transgender recruits starting January 1st.

In a statement, the Department of Defense said: "It will begin processing transgender applicants for military service on January 1, 2018. This policy will be implemented while the Department of Justice appeals those court orders."

Still some people are applauding this court's decision.

"You know, the administration, I've always viewed thm as doing this just for divisive politics," said Sen. Tim Kaine. "I don't really think they care about the issue, because if they cared about the issue, they'd listen to the Pentagon leadership, and the Pentagon leadership says we can make this happen."

President Trump's own Secretary of the Navy seemed to contradict his boss in August, on the question of whether transgender men and women should be allowed in the military.

"On a fundamental basis, any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military," said Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, during a visit to Naval Station Norfolk.

"I think everyone would agree, if you're able and meet the standards of the armed forces, then, you really should be able to serve," said Corey Mohr, Marketing Manager at the LGBT Life Center in Norfolk.

He applauds this court's ruling.

"Trans people have been serving for yeas. We hope that they will continue to be able to serve with honor and distinction, as they have."

Mohr said it was very hard for the nation 1,300 to 6,600 currently serving transgender troops, when Trump Tweeted in July that they would not be allowed to serve in capacity.

"Imagine if your boss made a statement saying that you are probably going to lose your job in 6 to 8 months, and then you had to go into work the next day," he said. "That's demoralizing."

This is likely not the final word. 

The Justice Department's spokeswoman said in a statement  "We disagree with the Court's ruling and are seeking to stay the Defense Department's obligations under that ruling as we evaluate next steps."

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