Now that women are eligible for combat roles in the U.S. military, an all-male Selective Service draft is unconstitutional, according to a Texas federal judge, USA Today reported.
The ruling handed by U.S. District Judge Gray Miller pointed to the Pentagon's 2015 lifting of restrictions on women in the military
Women had not been permitted to register for Selective Service and men who failed to register at their 18th birthday could be denied benefits such as federal employment and student loans.
"The average woman could conceivably be better suited physically for some of today's combat positions than the average man, depending on which skills the position required," Miller wrote in his ruling. "Combat roles no longer uniformly require sheer size or muscle."
The National Coalition For Me brought the case to the court by two men who argued an all-man draft was unfair, according to the report.
"Yes, to some extent this is symbolic, but it does have some real-world impact," Marc Angelucci, the men's lawyer, told USA Today. "Either they need to get rid of the draft registration, or they need to require women to do the same thing that men do."
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