The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to take up the ban on transgender people in the military last Thursday.

They want the Supreme Court to bypass appellate courts to either enforce the law immediately, or temporarily while the issue is being decided on in the legal system, according to NBC. 

The department is being forced "to maintain a policy that it has determined poses ‘substantial risks’ and ‘threatens to undermine, disrupt unit cohesion and impose an unreasonable burden on the military that is not conducive to military effectiveness and lethality,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco said in the briefs he filed, NBC reported.

The Supreme Court has only bypassed the normal system about a dozen times in the past century, and those were mainly for national emergencies.