A federal judge has ruled that the U,S.

Military Academy at West Point cannot refuse to admit a transgender student.

The court ruling, issued Friday, is the latest development in a case that’s become a flashpoint in the nation’s transgender debate.

West Point was supposed to begin accepting transgender students on June 30, but the academy’s president, Col. John Pike, initially told the board that it would wait until June before deciding to accept the students.

It was only after the court ruled last week that the military decided to stay on board.

In a statement Friday, Pike said the decision to delay the student admission was based on a “long-standing policy” and that he would “continue to support all students at West Poydras” during this time.

“I appreciate the students’ patience as we continue to evaluate all aspects of their needs and to support them in all ways possible,” he said.

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