Title

Sex and Citizenship at the Court, Again

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Article

Publication Date

7-20-2011

Language

en-US

Abstract

AMID THE flood of decisions handed down in the last two weeks of its last term, the Supreme Court announced a tie vote in Flores-Villar v. United States—a constitutional challenge to a federal law that discriminates between unmarried American fathers and mothers in their ability to secure citizenship for their foreign-born children. As a result of this split decision, the lower court’s ruling upholding of the law remains in place. (Only eight justices voted. Justice Elena Kagan recused herself because of previous involvement in the case as U.S. Solicitor General.)

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