United States Supreme Court
441 U.S. 347 (1979)
The State of Georgia enacted a statute that allowed the mother of a child born out of wedlock to sue for the wrongful death of that child. The law did not permit the father to bring suit. However, a father could bring a wrongful death action if he legally established paternity. A father who had admitted his paternity and developed a relationship with a child brought a challenge before the United States Supreme Court, arguing that the statute sexually discriminated against fathers.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)
Concurrence (Powell, J.)
Dissent (White, J.)
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