City of Cleburne, Texas v. Cleburne Living Center, Inc.
United States Supreme Court
473 U.S. 432 (1985)
In 1980, the Cleburne Living Center (Center) (plaintiff) filed an application for a special use permit with the City of Cleburne, Texas (City) (defendant). The Center sought a permit to build a residential facility for mentally disabled men and women. The facility would house up to thirteen persons, who would be supervised at all times. The City denied the permit application, and the Center brought suit in federal district court challenging the denial. The district court upheld the denial. The court of appeals reversed, finding that the mentally disabled were a quasi-suspect class of persons and thus intermediate scrutiny should be applied to the City’s denial of the permit application. It invalidated the denial as not furthering an important government purpose. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
Concurrence (Stevens, J.)
Concurrence/Dissent (Marshall, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 166,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.