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Nov 27, 2012 6:09 PM by The Associated Press

Female military members sue to serve in combat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four female military service members have filed a lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday and is the second such federal challenge filed by female service members this year.

The latest demands the lifting of the military's so-called combat exclusionary policy that applies to all women.

The lawsuit alleges the ban on a single gender violates constitutional equal protection rights and unfairly blocks women from promotions and other advancements open to men in combat.

Two of the plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit received Purple Hearts for injuries sustained in combat.

The women are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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