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Federal appeals court: Male-only draft is constitutional

In this Sept. 18, 2012 file photo, female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky.
In this Sept. 18, 2012 file photo, female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky.(Mark Humphrey | AP)
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 8:07 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A men’s rights group says it will push ahead with its court efforts to have the nation’s male-only military draft system declared unconstitutional.

Three judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld the men-only draft Thursday, saying they could not go against a 1981 Supreme Court opinion.

The case was argued in March and was the result of a lawsuit by the National Coalition for Men and two men challenging the male-only draft.

Since the case was argued, a federal commission has issued a report recommending that women be included in the draft system.

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