Reed v. Reed,
404 U.S. 71 (1971)

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Reed v. Reed, 404 U.S. 71 (1971)

Reed v. Reed

No. 70-4

Argued October 19, 1971

Decided November 22, 1971

404 U.S. 71


A mandatory provision of the Idaho probate code that gives preference to men over women when persons of the same entitlement class apply for appointment as administrator of a decedent' estate is based solely on a discrimination prohibited by and therefore violative of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

93 Idaho 511, 465 P.2d 635, reversed and remanded.

BURGER, C.J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.

Primary Holding

Discrimination based on gender is not constitutional when naming the administrator of an estate.

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