Law privileging transmission of citizenship by unwed mother to child, as compared to fathers unconstitutional, rules SCOTUS
In its judgment in the case of Sessions, Attorney General v. Morales Sanatana, the Supreme Court of USA (SCOTUS) has held that the provisions The Immigration and Nationality Act, which privilege unwed mothers who are US citizens over unwed fathers who are US citizens in determining whether their children may claim citizenship, are discriminatory. Under this law, children of unwed fathers are required to prove that their father lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years, five of them after the age of 14, in order to claim American citizenship. However, children of unwed mothers are only required to show that their mother lived in the US for one continuous year at any point in her life. The court stated that the law was rooted in overbroad generalisations about gender roles. However, the Court denied relief to the respondent, by holding that the standard applicable to unwed fathers should also be applicable to unwed mothers, thus tightening the citizenship laws.