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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Roberts v. United States Jaycees
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The United States Jaycees’ (Respondent) objective is to promote the growth of civic organizations for young men. Members are men between the ages of 18 and 35. Associate membership is available to older men and women. However, associates cannot vote, hold office, or participate in leadership training. In 1974, the Minneapolis chapter began admitting women as regular members. But the national group refused to acknowledge their membership. Then in 1978, the national group threatened to revoke the local chapter’s membership because of the overt violation of the organization by-laws. The Minnesota chapter argues that the by-laws violate the Minnesota Human Rights Act that prohibits discrimination.
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