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The Supreme Court said it won't hear a case challenging why only men have to register for the draft in the US

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U.S. Army soldiers from Stryker Brigade Combat Team stand after a live fire drill during joint exercises with South Korea, dubbed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, South Korea, Monday, March 7, 2011. South Korean and U.S. troops kicked off their annual drills on Feb. 28, while North Korea slammed the maneuvers as a rehearsal for invasion that could trigger a nuclear war on the divided peninsula. Ahn Young-joon/AP

  • The Supreme Court on Monday said it wouldn’t hear a case challenging male-only selective service.

  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor announced the denial on behalf of herself and Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Stephen Breyer.

  • Sotomayor said the court would defer to Congress.

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The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case that would’ve debated the merits of male-only selective service in the US military.

In writing for the court on behalf of herself, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Sonia Sotomayor acknowledged the “role of women in the military has changed dramatically” since The Military Selective Service Act, which created the draft, was passed in 1948.

“But at least for now, the Court’s longstanding deference to Congress on matters of national defense and military affairs cautions against granting review while Congress actively weighs the issue,” Sotomayor wrote.

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