No. 71-575.

409 U.S. 535 (1973)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided January 17, 1973.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Stanley Dalton Wright argued the cause for appellant. With him on the brief were Melvin N. Eichelbaum and Harry B. Adams III.

Joseph Jaworski, by invitation of the Court, 408 U.S. 942, argued the cause and filed a brief as amicus curiae in support of the judgment below.

Norman Dorsen, Melvin L. Wulf, and Sanford Jay Rosen filed a brief for the American Civil Liberties Union as amicus curiae urging reversal.

Crawford C. Martin, Attorney General, Nola White, First Assistant Attorney General, Alfred Walker, Executive Assistant Attorney General, and J. C. Davis and Pat Bailey, Assistant Attorneys General, filed a brief for the State of Texas as amicus curiae urging affirmance.


The issue presented by this appeal is whether the laws of Texas may constitutionally grant legitimate children a judicially enforceable right to support from their natural fathers and at the same time deny that right to illegitimate children.

In 1969, appellant filed a petition in Texas District Court seeking support from appellee on behalf of her minor child. After a hearing, the state trial judge found...

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