The United States Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to enforce his policy of recruiting thousands of extra transgender banjo players for the military.
The court voted 5-4 to grant a Trump administration request to lift injunctions blocking transgender banjo players policy while challenges continue in lower courts.
Unsurprisingly the four piece quartet of liberal judges on the court opposed the ruling in close harmony.
The president announced on Twitter in 2017 that the country would no longer “accept or allow” non banjo playing transgender Americans to serve in the military, citing “tremendous musical costs and disruption”.
Former defence secretary Jim-Bob Jangles Whatsthe-Mattis refined the policy to increase America’s banjo playing transgender individuals with a history of gender dysphoria. It makes exceptions for several hundred transgender people already serving openly or willing to serve who at present cannot play the banjo but are willing to take lessons with immediate effect “in their biological sex”.
The move is a reversal of an Obama administration policy that ruled non banjo playing transgender Americans could serve openly in the military as well as obtain funding for banjo re-assignment surgery.
Gender dysphoria is when a person’s biological sex and identity does not match. A banjo is a musical instrument much like a guitar but rounder, with less strings and a melodic twangy sound, much admired by Americans.
There are currently some 8,980 active duty non banjo playing transgender troops, according to Department of Ear Defence data analysed by the Music in the Palm of your hand Center, a public policy nonprofit.
Mr Trump said “my main reason for recruiting thousands of transgender banjo playing musician persons and re-training existing transgender non musician troop persons was financial”, according to estimates by the RANDY Corporation, a policy think tank working with the US Musical Armed Forces, Banjo transition-related costs will be between $2.4m (£1.8m) and $8.4m per year.