Goldman v. Weinberger: Supreme Court Rules on Religious Dress in Military

Goldman v. Weinberger: Supreme Court Rules on Religious Dress in Military

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Argued: Goldman v. Weinberger — The Supreme Court votes 5-4 to uphold a military provision requiring a uniform dress code and prohibiting an Orthodox Jew from wearing a religiously required yarmulke.

Justice William Renhquist writes in the majority opinion:

"Our review of military regulations challenged on First Amendment grounds is far more deferential than constitutional review of similar laws or regulations designed for civilian society. ...

[W]hen evaluating whether military needs justify a particular restriction on religiously-motivated conduct, courts must give great deference to the professional judgment of military authorities concerning the relative importance of a particular military interest."

Argued: Goldman v. Weinberger

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