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Craig v. Boren

429 U.S. 190, 97 S.Ct. 451, 50 L.Ed.2d 397 (1976)

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Craig v. Boren

United States Supreme Court

429 U.S. 190, 97 S.Ct. 451, 50 L.Ed.2d 397 (1976)

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Facts

An Oklahoma statute prohibited the sale of “non-intoxicating” 3.2 percent alcoholic beer to males under the age of twenty-one, but permitted the sale of such beer to females over the age of eighteen. Craig (plaintiff), a liquor vendor in Oklahoma, brought suit against Boren (defendant), an Oklahoma state official, in federal district court on the grounds that the law violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court upheld the statute, holding that statistical evidence regarding young men’s drunk-driving arrests and traffic injuries demonstrated that the gender-based discrimination was substantially related to the achievement of traffic safety on Oklahoma roads. Craig appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

Concurrence (Powell, J.)

Concurrence (Stevens, J.)

Dissent (Burger, C.J.)

Dissent (Rehnquist, J.)

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