Frontiero v. Richardson

Frontiero v. Richardson
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  • I asked for dependence for my husband but they denied my request.
  • Have you asked for your husbands dependence?
  • Did they say why? They said that his dependence must be over one half of my support
  • Your Honor, the statute violates the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection
  • They offer different spousal benefits on the basis of gender, this is unacceptable
  • Gender-based classifications are always subject to strict scrutiny. 
  • such a ruling would have far-reaching implications with respect to inherent differences between the sexes.
  • In an 8-1 decision, the Court found in favor of Frontiero.
  • The assumption that "the husband in our society is generally the `breadwinner' in the family while the wife is typically the `dependent' partner," was shown to be no longer valid.
  • What do you have to say Ms.Frontiero?
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