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Chellie Pingree supports ruling declaring men-only draft unconstitutional

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, speaks during a debate by candidates hoping to represent Maine in the 1st Congressional District, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

A federal district court judge in Texas has ruled that requiring only men to register for the draft is unconstitutional. Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree said it’s about time.

“Of course it should be both male and female,” said Pingree, a six-term Democrat. “We fought hard for women to serve in combat positions, and we should expect that any law would apply to both of the sexes.”

The Military Selective Service Act, or draft, requires only men in the United States between 18 and 25 years old to register in case the country ever needs a military draft. Women are not required to register.

The judge ruled that a men-only military draft violates the equal protection provisions in the Constitution.

Pingree has voted to apply the draft to women in the past.

“I have actually supported bills in the past to have a draft so that we don’t continually try to just attempt to staff our army with less than a cross-section of America,” she said.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.

 



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