Moore v. East Cleveland
Sanctity Of The Family, The Dissenting Opinions, Impact
City of East Cleveland, Ohio
Moore claimed that the city of East Cleveland's housing ordinance, limiting the occupancy of a housing unit to a single family, violated her rights to due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by the ordinance's narrow definition of "family."
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Edward R. Stege, Jr.
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens
Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
31 May 1977
The Court ruled in favor of Inez Moore, finding that the East Cleveland Housing Ordinance violated her constitutional rights. They determined that the housing ordinance was arbitrary and did not meet the goals of preventing overcrowded housing units, minimizing traffic congestion and parking problems, and reducing the financial burden on the local school system.
While unable to reach a unified opinion, the Court held that the ordinance arbitrarily regulated the family without justifying or satisfying the goals established by the ordinance. The Court determined that the protection of the "sanctity of the family" guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution extended beyond the nuclear family (consisting of a married couple and dependent children) to the extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members).
- Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 116 (1923).
- Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co., 272 U.S. 365 (1926).
- Berman v. Parker, 348 U.S. 26 (1954).
- Poe v. Ullman, 367 U.S. 497 (1961).
- Eisenstadt v. Baird, 405 U.S. 438 (1972).
- Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972).
- Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
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