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Cleburne v. Cleburne Living Center, Inc
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Respondent, Jan Hannah, purchased a building in Cleburne, Texas with the intention of leasing it to Cleburne Living Centers, Inc. (“CLC”), for the operation of a group home for mentally retarded people. After holding a public hearing on CLC’s application, the city council denied the permit. The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that mental retardation is a “quasi-suspect” classification and that the ordinance violated equal protection because it did not substantially further an important governmental purpose.
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