FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, a supporter of LGBT rights holds up an "equality flag" on Capitol Hill in Washington, during an event held by Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass. in support of transgender members of the military. The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to fast-track cases on the president's decision to prevent certain transgender people from serving in the military. The administration asked the court on Nov. 23, 2018, to take up three cases on the issue. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Government seeks quick ruling on transgender troops case

November 23, 2018 - 11:08 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the fourth time in recent months the Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to bypass lower courts and rule on a controversial proposal.

The newest case involves the Pentagon's policy of restricting military service by transgender people. It's rare for the justices on the nation's highest court to intervene early as the Trump administration has been pressing them to do.

In the military case, the administration argues that the Supreme Court should step in before an appeals court rules because the case involves the authority of the U.S. military to determine who may serve in the armed forces.

Other recent cases marked for speed-up involve a program that shields young immigrants from deportation, a climate change lawsuit, and a lawsuit over a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

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