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Sessions v. Morales-Santana

Court Type: U.S. Supreme Court
Status: Closed (Judgment)
Last Update: June 12, 2017

What's at Stake

Whether the government may constitutionally make it more difficult for citizen fathers than citizen mothers to transmit citizenship to their out-of-wedlock children born outside the U.S.

Summary

U.S. law makes it more difficult for citizen fathers than citizen mothers to transmit citizenship to their out-of-wedlock children born outside the country. Focusing on the appropriate standard of review, the ACLU amicus brief argues that this gender discrimination is properly subject to heightened scrutiny, which it cannot survive.

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