Key Facts– Virginia Military Institute (VMI), a public military college, admitted only men. Virginia’s discrimination against women was ruled unconstitutional in the Fourth Circuit.
Issues– Does VMI’s exclusion of women violate Equal Protection? If so, what is the remedy?
Holding– Yes. The remedy is to end the exclusion.
Result– VMI opened to women
Reasoning– There is no “exceedingly persuasive justification” for the state discrimination here. Rational basis is not enough, given the long national history of discrimination against women.