Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Wednesday asked a federal court to allow California to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. The case, Stockman v. Trump, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by Equality California and individual plaintiffs to defend the rights of transgender individuals seeking to join, or currently serving openly in, the U.S. military.

“We must honor the service and sacrifice of all members of our military by fighting for them when their rights are attacked,” said Attorney General Becerra. “California will not allow President Trump’s illegal, discriminatory and un-American actions to harm our people or our military. Marginalizing transgender servicemembers or any transgender American who wishes to serve our country faithfully and courageously will not occur on our watch.”

Before filing yesterday’s motion to intervene as a co-plaintiff, the Attorney General had joined friend-of-the-court briefs in this case and in lawsuits in Maryland and in the District of Columbia that are challenging the Administration’s discriminatory military service ban. Recently, in a victory for transgender service members, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, pending a final outcome in that case, Doe v. Trump.