The fourteenth amendment permits states to enact laws affecting some groups or citizens differently from others unless the group or citizen classification is for reasons wholly irrelevant to the objective sought by the state in enacting the regulation. In the context of sex discrimination, the United States Supreme Court only recently found a classification based on sex to be in violation of the equal protection clause. The Court's decision represents the beginning of a judicial assault on sex discrimination, conforming to modern social trends in this area.