A new ruling by a federal judge in Texas could mean that women could be drafted into military service in a time of war.
The case was brought by The National Coalition Of Men who said that the law was sexist and discriminatory.
“The male-only registration requirement of the Military Selective Service Act, 50 U.S.C. § 3802(a), violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution,” U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller said in his decision.
“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,” he said.
“Women are now allowed in combat, so this decision is long overdue,” Marc Angelucci, attorney for NCFM, said.
“After decades of sex discrimination against men in the Selective Service, the courts have finally found it unconstitutional to force only men to register,” he said.
“Either they need to get rid of the draft registration, or they need to require women to do the same thing that men do,” Angelucci said.
“Since women will be required to register with the Selective Service,” he said, “they should face the same repercussions as men for any noncompliance.”
Women should not be in combat roles. With women in combat it is unfair to have a male-only draft. There should be no selective service for anyone (tho I understand the reasons for it). If you try to draft my daughters, you’ll have to get past my dead body https://t.co/MCRlm3O8LQ
— DC McAllister (@McAllisterDen) February 24, 2019
Women’s rights groups advocated for women to register for the draft in 1981. https://t.co/toiAeQ1NQX
— Aditi Juneja (@AditiJuneja3) February 24, 2019
This case could have huge consequences #natsec law & military personnel: With women now serving in combat roles, a federal judge in Texas rules the male-only draft unconstitutional https://t.co/K0Gj7q3Tby via @usatoday @gregorykorte
— Phillip Carter (@Carter_PE) February 24, 2019
Ok ladies….there was a push by some women to be able to serve in combat roles! Now ALL of you may get to experience that wish!!
A federal judge just ruled an all male draft is unconstitutional now that women can serve in all combat roles!
— Mark Murray (98.3 KORA) (@MarkMurrayOnAir) February 24, 2019
The draft itself is unconstitutional, it’s involuntary servitude and a gross violation of our natural rights. This is not a gender issue, it’s a human issue #endthedraft https://t.co/o7BB6z6VzQ via @usatoday
— Dusty Wunderlich (@DustyWunderlich) February 24, 2019