Judge rules all-male military draft unconstitutional

Source: The Hill | February 24, 2019 | Michael Burke

A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that the all-male military draft is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Gray Miller of the Southern District of Texas wrote in an opinion that the “time has passed” to discuss the place of women in the military. 

“While historical restrictions on women in the military may have justified past discrimination, men and women are now ‘similarly situated for purposes of a draft or registration for a draft.’ If there ever was a time to discuss ‘the place of women in the Armed Services,’ that time has passed,” Miller wrote.

Miller’s ruling comes after a lawsuit was brought by the National Coalition for Men, which describes itself as seeking to raise “awareness about the ways sex discrimination affects men and boys.”

The Selective Service System requires that all men register with the agency within 30 days of their 18th birthday.


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