Draft our daughters.
A federal judge in Texas ruled late Friday that the male-only military draft is unconstitutional, declaring that “the time has passed” for a debate whether women belong in combat.
US District Judge Gray Miller, a George W. Bush appointee, dealt a huge blow to the current Selective Service System since the SCOTUS upheld the draft in a 1981 ruling.
In Rostker v. Goldberg, the Supreme Court ruled that the all-male draft was “fully justified” because women could not fulfill combat roles.
USA Today reported:
U.S. District Judge Gray Miller ruled late Friday that while historical restrictions on women serving in combat “may have justified past discrimination,” men and women are now equally able to fight. In 2015, the Pentagon lifted all restrictions for women in military service.
The case was brought by the National Coalition For Men, a men’s rights group, and two men who argued the all-male draft was unfair.
Men who fail to register with the Selective Service System at their 18th birthday can be denied public benefits such as federal employment and student loans. Women cannot register for Selective Service.
The ruling comes as an 11-member commission is studying the future of the draft, including whether women should be included or whether there should continue to be draft registration at all.
The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service released an interim report last month giving no hints on where it would come down on those questions. But, commission chairman Joe Heck told USA TODAY, “I don’t think we will remain with the status quo.”
The lawyer representing the two men who brought the lawsuit 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.”
Gray Miller’s ruling was a declaration, not an injunction which means the court did not specifically say how the government should change the Selective Service System, USA Today reported.
The left has been pushing to put women in all-male combat units for years.