NCFM sues Selective Service for sex discrimination

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    Apr 05, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    Lawsuit Asserts Department of Defense’s Recent Repeal of Ban on Women in Combat Removes Lone Legal Obstacle for Requiring Women to Register for Draft

    "The National Coalition For Men has filed a lawsuit that challenges the legality of requiring only males to register for the military draft. The lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Selective Service System in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on April 4, 2013, Case Number CV13-02391.

    The 1981 U.S. Supreme Court equal protection case of Rostker v. Goldberg, 453 U.S. 57 (1981) held that men and women were not similarly situated in the U.S. military because women were excluded from combat, therefore women did not have to register for the draft.

    ...because men and women are now similarly situated in the military, Selective Service’s requirement that only males must register for the draft violates the rights of both men and women to equal treatment under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution, and under United States Code, Title 28, Section 1983.

    Equal rights for equal lefts, I suppose icon_idea.gif

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    Apr 05, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidThere's no appetite for a draft down there though....anytime this has even been suggested (like during stoploss in Iraq), the powers that be have asserted that the virtues of the volunteer system far outweigh any appeal of forcing people to service. icon_confused.gif

    Seems like a meaningless fight.

    The fight for equal treatment of the sexes under the law is a meaningless fight? icon_eek.gif

    Edit: NCFM proposes two possible solutions to this inequality:
    1. Requiring women to register for the draft just like men...or
    2. Removing the selective service registration requirement altogether.
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    Equal treatment in what? --there is no draft? icon_eek.gif There is no talk of a draft.

    Let's remove the current socio-political climate from this, and boil this down to the basics...

    Do you think it is fair that only men are required to register for selective service upon reaching their 18th birthday lest they be charged a hefty fine, jail time, and denied access to federal and state benefits (and in some cases, even citizenship)?

    At its most basic level, this is legal sexual discrimination regardless of whether or not a draft is actually likely to occur. The fact that a draft is currently nigh-impossible in the current context is irrelevant.

    yourname2000 saidNow if there ever is a draft, then I'd agree wholeheartedly with the effort, but the timing is off on this, imo.

    So we should wait until there is a possibility of a draft before addressing this? And only then this is a legitimate concern? I guess gun control was a legitimate concern only after a bunch of schoolkids in Connecticut get slaughtered. icon_rolleyes.gif