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Roberts v. U.S. Jaycees

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Kathryn R. Roberts, Acting Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, et al.


U.S. Jaycees

Appellants' Claim

That Minnesota's Human Rights Act was constitutional and required the Jaycees to admit women as regular members.

Chief Lawyer for Appellants

Richard L. Varco, Jr.

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Carl D. Hall, Jr.

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr. (writing for the Court), Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun (Warren E. Burger did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

3 July 1984


Minnesota's Human Rights Act was constitutional. Requiring the Jaycees to admit women as regular members in accordance with the act's provisions did not violate that organization's right to freedom of association.

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Leonard W. Levy, ed. Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. New York: Macmillan, 1986.

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