McDaniel v. Paty
|McDaniel v. Paty|
|Argued December 5, 1977|
Decided April 19, 1978
|Full case name||McDaniel v. Paty|
|Citations||435 U.S. 618 (more)|
98 S. Ct. 1322; 55 L. Ed. 2d 593
|Prior||Paty v. McDaniel, 547 S.W.2d 897 (Tenn. 1977); probable jurisdiction noted, 432 U.S. 905 (1977).|
|A state law that forbade ordained ministers from elected office is unconstitutional.|
|Plurality||Burger, joined by Powell, Rehnquist, Stevens|
|Concurrence||Brennan, joined by Marshall|
|Blackmun took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.|
McDaniel v. Paty, 435 U.S. 618 (1978), was a United States Supreme Court case that struck down the last remaining state restriction against religious ministers holding elected office.
McDaniel was a Baptist minister from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He filed as a candidate to be a delegate to the 1977 Tennessee State Constitutional Convention. His opponent successfully challenged his candidacy based on a state law that forbade ordained ministers from elected office.
The court ruled that the state law violated both the First and Fourteenth amendments.
- Text of McDaniel v. Paty, 435 U.S. 618 (1978) is available from: Justia Library of Congress Oyez (oral argument audio)
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