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National Coalition For Men (NCFM) petitions US Supreme Court for justice in landmark civil rights case to overturn the current men-only military registration

January 8, 2021

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In memory of our dear friend Marc Angelucci with the hope of a better future for all of us. Marc was a fervent advocate for fairness, equal protection and due process. Let us hope our case against the Selective Service is a huge step in that direction. Harry Crouch, President

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Harry Crouch                                        Steven Svoboda
President                                              PR Director
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Marc Angelucci, Esq.

National Coalition For Men (NCFM) petitions the US Supreme Court for justice in landmark civil rights case to overturn the current men-only military registration.

The Selective Service System currently discriminates on the basis of gender in requiring only men to register for the draft. Male-only draft registration is one of the very few remaining examples of sex discrimination under federal law and must be reversed to remove outdated stereotypes that are harmful to both men and women.

In 1981, the ACLU lost a United States Supreme Court equal-protection challenge to the SSS (Rostker v. Goldberg) because the Court, in denying the ACLU’s challenge, relied on the fact that women were then ineligible to serve in combat positions. In 2013, the Department of Defense ordered women eligible for combat. Shortly thereafter, NCFM filed a lawsuit against the SSS seeking to allow women the right to register for the U.S. military draft. A Texas federal court found the men-only law unconstitutional. But in August 2020, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that ruling, finding that only the Supreme Court may revise the precedent it established in its 1981 Rostker decision.

NCFM was working toward filing this case before the Supreme Court when Marc Angelucci, Esq., NCFM’s lead civil rights attorney and Vice-President was shot to death in July 2020.

The ACLU stepped in to represent NCFM following Mr. Angelucci’s death. Both NCFM and the ACLU believe the Selective Service System promotes antiquated, harmful stereotypes of men and women. We are very pleased to have the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas and Hogan Lovells LLP, as the attorneys representing us and our fellow plaintiffs.

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and the ACLU of Texas had previously been involved in the case by filing an amicus curiae brief on behalf of several women’s and civil rights organizations, 9to5 National Association of Working Women, A Better Balance, Gender Justice, KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change, National Organization for Women Foundation, National Women’s Law Center, Women’s Law Center of Maryland, and Women’s Law Project filed an amicus curiae brief arguing that the Court of Appeals should uphold the District Court finding that the current Military Selective Service Act is unconstitutional.

NCFM President Harry Crouch said, “For decades men have suffered terrible penalties for not registering with the Selective Service, including huge fines and years of imprisonment. NCFM is very pleased that the ACLU is representing us in our case to end one of the last remaining forms of explicit sex discrimination under federal law, to hopefully close the book on decades of injustice that have harmed both men and women in different ways.”

While NCFM and ACLU at times have conflicting objectives, we are united against the male-only registration system. NCFM stands firmly behind constitutional protections, such as due process rights that apply to everyone, and is committed to the removal of gender-based stereotypes, especially as they adversely impact boys, men, their families, and the women who love them.

Men who fail to register can be denied civil service jobs and federal loans such as student loans. They can be disenfranchised and criminally prosecuted. If convicted, they can be fined up to $250,000 and jailed for five years. Moreover, many states will not renew or issue a driver’s license for failing to register with the SSS. More than thirty states refuse state financial aid, state employment, or both. And eight states bar men from enrolling in public colleges and universities. Women have no such responsibility and face no such life-changing consequences for failing to register for the draft.

Under the Military Selective Service Act, enacted in 1948, except for between 1973 and 1981when the “draft” was suspended, all males in the United Stated have been required to register with the SSS. Congress may eventually require women to register, which the legislature has thus far resisted. It’s a political football that needs resolution. Hopefully, National Coalition for Men v. Selective Service System will cause Congress to act.

However, the petition is not asking the Court to decide whether the registration requirement should be extended to women or eliminated, only that if registration is required, the requirement must apply regardless of sex.

NCFM is a 51(c)(3) educational nonprofit corporation established in 1977. We are wholly supported by individual contributions, not government funding. We are a gender inclusive, nonpartisan, ethnically diverse organization that effects civil rights reform through advocacy, education, outreach, services and litigation. We are a volunteer organization wholly supported by individual contributions.

You can learn more about NCFM, our interests, activities, and accomplishments at We strive to help others make the world a better place for everyone, no matter their sex.

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National Coalition For Men (NCFM) petitions US Supreme Court for justice in landmark civil rights case to overturn the current men-only military registration

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9 Responses to National Coalition For Men (NCFM) petitions US Supreme Court for justice in landmark civil rights case to overturn the current men-only military registration

  1. Plamen on January 1, 2022 at 10:12 AM

    The disappointent in SCOTUS and US Congress for leaving the discrimination is so huge…. I can’t believe it still.

  2. R Scott on December 17, 2021 at 3:59 AM

    Now that the senate has stripped the requirement for females to register from the 2022 NDAA what will it take to get the case back in the supreme court? Will a new certiorari have to be filed or will it be up to the court to revisit the case as Justice Sotomayer’s denial letter suggested?

    • NCFM on December 17, 2021 at 10:40 AM

      We are still hoping and working toward getting it heard by the Senate. Not optimistic. Took several years to get our victories in the courts and then they let us down after agreeing with us. Not sure whether we’ll try it again or not.

  3. MS on January 29, 2021 at 8:53 AM

    Thank you very much for your brave and honorable work in putting an end this barbaric and blatantly obvious form of male disposability. I’m sure many men, fearing social ostracism, social shaming and harmful impacts to their financial livelihood, are silently supporting your cause. Women and the state using men as human shields and human sacrifices in war should itself be prosecuted as a war crime. As I’m sure you’re all aware, a lot of social conditioning, social pressure and social shaming goes into getting men to ‘voluntarily’ lay down their lives on behalf of women and the state, with such conditioning being readily found in all forms of media. The language of misandry, male shaming and disposability is deeply embedded in our culture, very often hidden in plain sight, which has made misandry and disposability a de facto and culturally accepted attitude towards men.

  4. R Scott on January 22, 2021 at 3:49 AM

    Any word on when the case will be heard?

    • NCFM on January 22, 2021 at 7:22 AM

      No. The Court has not even made a decision on whether to hear the case. The appeal was file3d January 8, 2020. We do not anticipate hearing about whether the Court will hear the case for at least three months. Maybe longer…

  5. DCM on January 15, 2021 at 12:06 AM

    A ruling either way will be a turning point.

  6. C.V. Compton Shaw on January 8, 2021 at 7:18 PM

    Congratulations and thank you to the NCFM for appealing the erroneous and unjust Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the male only military draft to the United States Supreme Court. You have my full support in this heroic and just effort. I served with the U.S. Army; 4th Infantry Division; 2/8th Infantry; Republic of Vietnam 1969-1970.

    • NCFM on January 9, 2021 at 8:56 AM

      You are more than welcome and we are pleased to do it.

      Harry Crouch

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