Palmore v. Sidoti
|Palmore v. Sidoti
|Supreme Court of the United States
|April 25, 1984
Mr & Mrs Sidoti divorced in 1980 when they had a 3-year-old daughter.The divorced Mrs Sidoti was awarded custody of her daughter. The next year, she married a black man.
Mr Sidoti demand custody of his daughter. Mr Sidoti stated that Mrs Sidoti had chosen a "socially-unacceptable lifestyle for herself" by marrying a black man. Mrs Sidoti had taken the last name Palmore.
Mr Sidoti was accused of harboring anti-black prejudice for referring to the interracial marriage of his former wife as a "lifestyle" choice.The trial court awarded custody to the father Mr Sidoti without expressly stating that the custody termination of Mrs Palmore was based on race. The trial court stated that the other members of the community could treat the youngling unacceptably due to the interracial marriage in the 1980s.
The EPC (Equal Protection Clause) provides that the government may based a decision on race only if that decision is necessary to serve a "compelling government interest" (strict scrutiny).Mrs. Palmore is awarded her child's custody & the lower courts are over-ruled.