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Kahn v. Shevin

United States Supreme Court
416 U.S. 351 (1974)


Facts

Florida tax law provided a $500 property tax exemption for widows. Kahn was a widower who was denied the exemption on the grounds that it applied only to women. Kahn filed suit in state court seeking a declaratory judgment that the tax statute impermissibly discriminated on the basis of gender in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The trial court agreed with Kahn and declared the statute unconstitutional. The state supreme court reversed. Kahn petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.

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