7 Lawsuits Challenging COVID Vaccine Mandates for U.S. Military Members
Posted Nov. 4, 2021 - Thousands of military members face dishonorable discharge, court-martial and loss of retirement benefits for refusing COVID vaccine mandates. These seven pending lawsuits challenge the U.S. Department of Defense mandates for the emergency use vaccines.
“…there is always a temptation to invoke security ‘necessities’ to justify an encroachment upon civil liberties. For that reason, the military-security argument must be approached with healthy skepticism: Its very gravity counsels that courts be cautious when military necessity is invoked by the Government to justify a trespass on First Amendment rights.” — Brown v. Glines, 444 U.S. 348, 369 (1980) (Brennan, J., dissenting)
Thousands of military members, up to 30% of the armed forces, face dishonorable discharge, court-martial and loss of retirement benefits for refusing the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine mandate.
In the military, there are seven pending legal challenges against the Department of Defense (DOD) mandates for the SARs-CoV-2 vaccine. The links below provide the legal cases and language, with parenthetical references to the attorneys and judicial process updates, along with a brief summary of the arguments in each case.
- Childrens’ Health Defense v. FDA (Barnes, Jordan, Kennedy, Holland, Children’s Health Defense (CHD)
- John Doe, Jane Doe v. DOD, HHS, Air Force, Navy, FDA, Army (Reyes, Defending the Republic)
- Robert & Mulvihill v. DOD, HHS, FDA (Callender, America’s Frontline Doctors)
- Church v. Biden (Yoder, Temporary restraining order granted Oct. 29 in favor of military and federal employees)
- Costin v. Biden (Yoder)
- Navy Seals v. Biden (Gannam, Liberty Counsel)
- Navy Seals v. DoD (Berry, First Liberty Institute)
US judge rules in favor of Navy SEALs refusing vaccination on religious grounds
Jan. 4, 2022 -
A Texas court ruled that it would be unconstitutional for the US Navy to punish service members seeking a religious exemption from President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.
District Judge Reed O’Connor issued a preliminary order on Monday blocking the Navy and the Department of Defense from enforcing their vaccine rules.
“The Navy service members in this case seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect,” the judge wrote in his decision. “The Covid-19 pandemic provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms. There is no Covid-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution.”
The judge was acting on a lawsuit filed by 35 service members, including SEALs and Navy crewmen and divers, who wanted to refuse the vaccine on religious grounds. According to court documents, the plaintiffs are Catholic, Eastern Orthodox Christians, and Protestants. source