A Fifth Circuit panel held that the Selective Service’s male-only registration requirement did not violate the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. What’s the significance of the ruling?
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A national commission just recommended mandatory draft registration for women. While proponents agree that this is good for the military, few have examined how it might also be good for women.
On Feb. 22, a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas ruled that it is unconstitutional for the government to require only men to register for the draft.
On December 1st, National Security Council spokesman Ned Price expressed President Obama’s support for requiring women to register for Selective Service when they turn 18, as their male counterparts must. “As old barriers for military service are being removed, the administration supports—as a logical next step — women registering for the Selective Service,” Price stated. Given President Obama’s brief time left in office, this statement may be purely symbolic.