Federal judge rules male-only draft unconstitutional now that women serve in combat roles

Federal judge rules male-only draft unconstitutional now that women serve in combat roles
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[Ed. – It would be easy to joke about the equality angle in this, but the ruling has dangerous implications for everyone in the event the draft is ever restored.]

A federal judge has deemed the Selective Service System’s male-only draft unconstitutional, calling it discriminatory because “men and women are now ‘similarly situated for purposes of a draft or registration for a draft'” now that restrictions have been lifted on women fighting in combat roles.

While the move does not automatically mean women will now be forced to register with the Selective Service, it puts pressure on Congress to address whether the draft should include females — or if it should continue to exist at all.

USA Today reported on the decision made by U.S. District Judge Gray Miller late Friday. The case was brought by the National Coalition for Men, and two individual men, who argue that forcing only males to register for the draft is discriminatory and “an aspect of socially institutionalized male disposability.”

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Judge Miller agreed, saying previous arguments against women being drafted are no longer valid. The jurist cited language from a previous case when he wrote, “if there ever was a time to discuss ‘the place of women in the Armed Services,’ that time has passed.” The U.S. military opened all combat positions to women in 2015.

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