Craig v. Boren

(1976)

Explanation and Analysis of the Document

On its face, Craig v. Boren seems an unlikely case to cite for its important role in Supreme Court—and U.S.—history. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg (later a Supreme Court justice herself but at the time a litigator for the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union) remarked tongue in cheek to appellants' counsel, “Delighted to see the Supreme Court is interested in beer drinkers.” Craig concerned an Oklahoma statute permitting eighteen-year-old women to purchase beer with an alcohol content of 3.2% but requiring that men who wished...

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