Scanlon v. Crim

500 S.W.2d 554 (1973)

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Scanlon v. Crim

Texas Court of Civil Appeals
500 S.W.2d 554 (1973)

  • Written by Whitney Kamerzel , JD

Facts

W. R. (Billy Bob) Crim (defendant) promised to marry Marguerite Scanlon (plaintiff) and reaffirmed the engagement for five years. Crim then told Scanlon he was not going to marry her, and Crim instead married somebody else. Scanlon sued Crim for breach of the promise to marry. The trial court granted Crim’s motion for summary judgment, holding that Texas’s new equal-rights amendment barred the cause of action. Scanlon appealed. Crim again argued that because Texas’s new equal-rights amendment provided equal rights to men and women, and because men were socially barred from succeeding in a case for breach of the promise to marry, the cause of action was barred altogether.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Bateman, J.)

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