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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Constitution requires long hair

The debate over the Equal Rights Amendment ignored the issue of whether high school basketball players could have long hair, but now the federal courts have weighed in on the matter:
Monday’s 7th Circuit panel decision in Hayden v. Greensburg Community School Corp. (7th Cir. Feb. 24, 2014) discusses the broad issue at some length, in the course of considering a grooming code on public high school basketball teams: Boys, under this code, are required to cut their hair quite short, while girls aren’t.

And the court concludes that this code is unconstitutional. First, based on the record as the majority sees it, the school imposes the requirement solely on male basketball players, rather than imposing comparable but different requirements on both sexes.

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