equal protection of the laws

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Noun1.equal protection of the laws - a right guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution and by the due-process clause of the Fifth Amendment
civil right - right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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Indeed, the equal protection of the laws is the first right listed in the Bill of Rights of the 1987 Constitution.
No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." (emphasis added)
He stressed that the provisions of the Family Code deprives the couple their right to marry 'without substantive due process, denies the petitioners of the equal protection of the laws, and violates the religious freedom of petitioners.'
Ironically, voters added an ERA to the Illinois Constitution in 1970, guaranteeing equal protection of the laws regardless of sex.
Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the residents' request to the 5th Circuit, explaining that people were harmed by HB 1523 because its mere existence relegates them to second-class citizens in their state, "unworthy of equal dignity, equal citizenship, and equal protection of the laws."
Ten chapters are: introduction; judicial power to enforce the Constitution; the distribution of national powers; CongressAE Article I powers and their limits; federalismAEs limits on the states; judicial protection of interstate commerce; reconstruction of federal-state relations; due process, procedural and substantive; equal protection of the laws; power to enforce Reconstruction Amendments.
The three married couples who were issued birth certificates that only had the names of the children's biological birth mothers said this violated their constitutional rights to due process and equal protection of the laws.
The plaintiffs contend that segregated public schools are not "equal'' and cannot be made "equal,'' and that hence they are deprived of the equal protection of the laws...
Constitution forbids any state to deny persons "equal protection of the laws," the relevance of that 1868 amendment to the relatively new controversy over same-sex "marriage" will surely be contested by gay "marriage" opponents.
IN AUGUST a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, violates the 14th Amendment's command that no state may "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." U.S.
The question: Was the state of Texas violating the 14th Amendment's guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" by refusing to educate illegal immigrants?
* 1873: The Iowa supreme court rules that discrimination in access to public accommodations is a denial of equal protection of the laws.