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Rostker v. Goldberg

Significance, President Carter Reactivates The Selective Service System, Validity Of Rostker Questioned, Women And The Selective Service Exemption


Dr. Bernard Rostker, Director of the Selective Service System


Robert L. Goldberg

Petitioner's Claim

That the exemption of women from the registration requirements of the Selective Service System did not violate the Constitution by discriminating between men and women.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Wade H. McCree, U.S. Solicitor General

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Donald L. Weinberg

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

25 June 1981


That the Selective Service System exemption for women does not violate the Constitution.

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