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McDaniel v. Paty

435 U.S. 618 (1978)

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McDaniel v. Paty

United States Supreme Court

435 U.S. 618 (1978)

Facts

Tennessee’s state constitution prohibits ordained ministers from serving as legislators, including delegates to the state’s constitutional convention. Paul McDaniel (defendant), an ordained minister, filed to serve as a candidate for delegation to the state’s upcoming constitutional convention. Selma Paty (plaintiff), who had also filed to serve as a candidate for delegation to the convention, sued McDaniel to prohibit the inclusion of his name on the ballot. The court found in favor of McDaniel. The Supreme Court of Tennessee reversed and upheld the constitutional provision prohibiting ministers from serving as legislators or delegates. McDaniel appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Burger, C.J.)

Concurrence (White, J.)

Concurrence (Brennan, J.)

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