Equal Protection Challenge Standard of Review

"In considering an equal protection challenge, 'we must first determine the appropriate standard of review. The proper standard of review, as developed by the high court, depends upon the classification involved in, and interests affected by, the challenged law. 'The challenged law will be subject to strict scrutiny only if it operates to the peculiar disadvantage of a suspect class or impinges on a fundamental right.' 'Under this very severe standard, a discriminatory law will not be given effect unless its classification bears a close relation to the promoting of a compelling state interest, the classification is necessary to achieve the government's goal, and the classification is narrowly drawn to achieve the goal by the least restrictive means possible." ( Kenneally v. Medical Board).