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rational basis

n. a test of constitutionality of a statute, asking whether the law has a reasonable connection to achieving a legitimate and constitutional objective.

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Lydgate was ambitious above all to contribute towards enlarging the scientific, rational basis of his profession.
The spokeswoman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Marzia Afkam said in a press statement: "The continuation of the radical and extremist attitudes of Canadians toward Iran officials does not based on any logical and rational basis.
My friends are rational people who believe that others are as they and assess society on a rational basis.
Instead, when confronted with plausible candidates for heightened scrutiny, such as gays and lesbians, the Court has engaged in sporadic application of stealth rational basis review.
The judge wrote that "[t]he State of Louisiana has a legitimate interest under a rational basis standard of review for addressing the meaning of marriage through the democratic process.
Jones held that since there was at least a rational basis for believing the law would make abortions safer, and it would not prevent "a large fraction" of women in the state from getting an abortion, it did not impose an undue burden.
In its words and its deed, Windsor established a level of scrutiny for classifications based on sexual orientation that is unquestionably higher than rational basis review.
These soon developed into the ideas of strict scrutiny, intermediate scrutiny, and rational basis.
The judge said opinions from a variety of expert sources provided a sound and reasoned rational basis for the Secretary of State to come to his decision and he had sufficient information for a comprehensive assessment for the purposes of the Directive.
This study will provide a rational basis for discussion of the
Although blaming an entire ethnic group for the actions of two young men has no rational basis, however, Amardeep Singh, the program director of the Sikh Coalition, said that he has seen worse, adding that Sikhs have often been targeted after terrorist attacks, the Huffington Post reports.
Therefore, because sexual orientation is not a suspect class, triggering strict scrutiny, the Court need only conduct rational basis review to determine the constitutional validity of Amendment 2.