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Reed v. Reed Case Brief

Summary of Reed v. Reed
404 U.S. 71 (1971)

Facts: An Idaho Code provided that males must be preferred over females in appointing administrators to estates.

Issue: Did this code violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment?

Holding: Yes

Rationale: According to the Court, this law clearly provides different treatment to applicants based on their sex. “To give mandatory preference to members of either sex over members of the other, merely to accomplish the elimination of hearings on the merits, is to make the very kind of arbitrary legislative choice forbidden by the EPC of the 14th Amendment.”

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