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Goldman v. Weinberger

United States Supreme Court
475 U.S. 503 (1986)


S. Simcha Goldman (plaintiff) was an ordained rabbi who was stationed at a military base in California. Goldman was formally reprimanded for wearing a religious yarmulke in violation of a military regulation that prohibited headgear from being worn while indoors on the military base. Goldman brought suit against Weinberger (defendant), the secretary of defense of the United States, arguing that the prohibition of the yarmulke violated Goldman’s right to free exercise of religion under the First Amendment. The district court found in favor of Goldman, and Weinberger appealed. The court of appeals reversed, finding that the appropriate level of scrutiny for a military regulation was a deferential standard. Goldman appealed, arguing that the military regulation should be reviewed under a higher standard. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)

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