Constitutional Law

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Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health

Facts

In Mass., a gay and lesbian support organization (GLAD) sued the state’s Department of Health for their failure to issue same-sex married couples a marriage license.  GLAD sued under the equal protection clause.  GLAD also argued that there are many other benefits accompanying ...

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Frontiero v. Richardson

Facts

Air Force enlistees are entitled to housing and benefits for their dependents under the laws of the US.  Appellant was a female attempting to have her husband listed as a dependent; but her application was denied because she could not show that he was dependent on her for more tha...

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Foley v. Connelie

Facts

A lot in New York barred non-citizens from becoming state troopers.  Plaintiff was in the US legally as a “resident alien” but had not yet been granted his citizenship.  Because of his rejection Plaintiff sued under the equal protection clause.

Issue

Whether a...

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Dandridge v. Williams

Facts

Appellees were residents of Maryland which passed and sought to enact a law that established a maximum amount of federal and state benefits which households could receive.  The law set a maximum dollar value of $250 per month per household.  Appellees were a large family who woul...

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Craig v. Boren

Facts

In Oklahoma, beer described as nonintoxicating because of its very low level of alcohol content was outlawed only if sold to men under the age of 21.  However, the sale was outlawed to women under the age of 18.  Plaintiff sued, claiming that the law discriminated on the basis of...

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