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United States v. Virginia
Decided June 26, 1996
518 U.S. 515
Excluding women from the state-funded Virginia Military Institute violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, even though the state offers a leadership program for women at another school. Only an “exceedingly persuasive justification” can make a government gender-based distinction constitutional, and Virginia's justification was inadequate.
At the time of the litigation that resulted in this decision, Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia, was the last remaining state-run military college that admitted only men. The Citadel in South Carolina had given in to legal pressure and admitted a female student in 1995, only to see the student withdraw a few days after starting classes.
VMI kept fighting to retain its unique educational techniques, ...