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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Moose Lodge No. 107 v. Irvis
Citation:407 U.S. 163 (1972)
A Caucasian member brought plaintiff, a Negro, to the Moose Lodge’s dining room and bar as his guest and requested service of food and beverages. The Lodge through its employees refused service to plaintiff solely because he is a Negro. Each local Moose Lodge is bound by the constitutional and general laws of the Supreme Lodge, the latter of which contain a provision limiting membership in the lodges to white male Caucasians. The district court found that the lodges maintain a policy and practice of restricting membership to the Caucasian race and permitting members to bring only Caucasian guests on lodge premises. Appellee, while conceding the right of private clubs to choose members upon a discriminatory basis, asserts that the licensing of Moor Lodge to serve liquor by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board amounts to such state involvement with the club’s activities as to make its discriminatory practices forbidden by the Equal Protection Clause.
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