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Pursuant to Rule 24 (j), R. Utah S. Ct., defendant-respondent L.D.S. Social Services hereby submits a supplemental authority in support of its position taken in the briefs and oral argument. The case is Scheller v. Pessetto, 121 Utah Adv. Rep. 39 (Utah App. filed November 14, 1989). This case upholds the constitutionality of a statute that permits an unwed mother to inherit from her deceased illegitimate child under all circumstances, but accords the father the same right only if he demonstrates, in essence, a substantial relationship with the child. The Court of Appeals rejected the unwed father's arguments that the statute violates the equal protection and due process provisions of the United States Constitution and the equal rights provision of the Utah Constitution, Art. IV, § 1. The court concluded that because "mothers and fathers of illegitimate children are not similarly situated,11 the two may be accorded different legal rights without violating equal protection. Id. at 41.


Original Brief Submitted to the Utah Supreme Court; digitized by the Howard W. Hunter Law Library, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; machine-generated OCR, may contain errors.
M. David Eckersley; Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler; Billy L. Walker; attorneys for plaintiff.
David M. McConkie, Merrill F. Nelson; Kirton, McConkie & Poelman; attorneys for respondents.


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