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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Frontiero v. Richardson
Citation:411 U.S. 677 (1973)
Under the statutes at issue, a serviceman may claim his wife as a dependent without regard to whether she is in fact dependent upon him for any part of her support. A servicewoman, on the other hand, may not claim her husband as a dependent under these programs unless he is in fact dependent upon her for over one-half of his support. The appellant claims that the right of a female member of the uniformed services to claim her spouse as a dependent for the purposes of obtaining increased quarters allowances and medical and dental benefits has been violated.
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