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Supreme Court Strikes down Gender Inequality in Citizenship Law

Posted Jun 16, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down  a law that makes it easier, in some cases, for children born overseas to an unwed U.S. citizen mother to acquire citizenship at birth than children born to an unwed U.S. citizen father.  In her opinion, Justice Ginsburg wrote, “We hold that the gender line Congress drew is incompatible with the requirement that the Government accord to all persons ‘the equal protection of the laws’”.  Read the opinion analysis in SCOTUSblog.  Read articles in Reuters and Jurist.