equal protection of the laws

Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
References in periodicals archive ?
The petitioner said the Family Code in limiting marriage between man and woman is unconstitutional because it deprives his right to liberty without substantive due process of law, the equal protection of the laws and also violated Section 3(1) Article 15 of the 1987 Constitution.
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.
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.
Therefore, according to Lazzara, plaintiffs argue that "amendments to the PIP Act which constrain, in the case of a chiropractic physician, and eliminate, in the case of an acupuncture physician and a massage therapist, their ability to seek reimbursement for professional services rendered to a person injured in a motor vehicle collision under the personal injury protection provisions of an automobile insurance policy deny them due process of law and the equal protection of the laws under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.
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.
1873: The Iowa supreme court rules that discrimination in access to public accommodations is a denial of equal protection of the laws.
Neither violated rights to a trial by jury, a remedy, due process of law, equal protection of the laws, or the separation of powers.
Executive Order: Equal Protection of the Laws for Faith-based and Community Organizations, December.
It also prohibited any state from abridging "the privileges or immunities" of Federal citizenship; from depriving "any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law"; and from denying "to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Supreme Court's case concluded that separate but equal educational facilities were unconstitutional and such facilities denied black children equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.
Therefore, we hold that the plaintiffs and others similarly situated for whom the actions have been brought are, by reason of the segregation complained of, deprived of the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.