(Washington Times) Four female members of the armed services have filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department, saying its “outdated” ban on women serving in combat is unconstitutional and hurts their military careers.

Each of the four women, who are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), has served at least one tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Two are Marines — Capt. Zoe Bedell, 27, and 1st Lt. Colleen Farrell, 26; the others are Purple Heart recipients — Army Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hunt, 28, and Air ForceMaj. Mary Jennings Hegar, 36.

The women’s lawsuit comes as the Pentagon is considering opening more positions to female service members.

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