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William Herbert Orr


Lillian M. Orr

Appellant's Claim

That Alabama's alimony statutes were unconstitutional.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

John L. Capell III

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

W. F. Horsley

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr. (writing for the Court), Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

5 March 1979


Invalidated Alabama's statutes by which husbands, but not wives, might be required to pay alimony upon divorce.

Related Cases

  • Stanton v. Stanton, 421 U.S. 7 (1975).
  • Califano v. Webster, 430 U.S. 313 (1977).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law, Vol. 1. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 1998.

Further Readings

  • Goldstein, Leslie Friedman. The Constitutional Rights of Women, rev. ed. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
  • New York Times, March 1979, pp. 6, 7, 11.
  • O'Connor, Sandra Day. "Women and the Constitution: A Bicentennial Perspective." in Women, Politics and the Constitution. Naomi B. Lynn, ed. Binghamton, NY: Harrington Park Press, 1990.
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over 8 years ago

We need to start making U.S Constitutional Toilet paper, because that is all its good for. In American if it doesn't help an Illegal Alien or a Homosexual it doesn't count in America. The Supreme Court doesn't know !@#$ from peanut butter. How can one person be enslaved to another in the form of Lifetime Alimony and it not be against the U.S Constitution. 20 years of my life I gave to the U.S Air Force fighting for freedom now the very country I served has made me a Slave for life. Mr. Obama where are my rights!