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Frontiero v. Richardson - Significance, A Federal Problem, A Matter Of Convenience, Strict Scrutiny, Further Readings

petitioners william amendment fifth

Petitioners

Sharron A. Frontiero, Joseph Frontiero

Respondents

Elliot L. Richardson, Secretary of Defense, et al.

Petitioners' Claim

That requiring different criteria for male spouses of female military personnel--as opposed to female spouses--to qualify for benefits is a violation of the Fifth Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioners

Joseph L. Levin, Jr.

Chief Lawyer for Respondents

Samuel Huntington

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr. (writing for the Court), Warren E. Burger, William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William H. Rehnquist

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

14 May 1973

Decision

The federal statutes violated the Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause and were overturned.

Related Cases

  • Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld, 420 U.S. 636 (1975).
  • Califano v. Goldfarb, 430 U.S. 199 (1977).
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