U.S. Supreme Court
Church v. Kelsey, 121 U.S. 282 (1887)
Church v. Kelsey
Submitted March 28, 1887
Decided April 18, 1887
121 U.S. 282
The Constitution of the United States does not prevent a state from giving to its courts of equity power to hear and determine a suit brought by the holder of an equitable interest in land to establish his rights against the holder of the legal title.
A state constitution is not a contract within the meaning of that clause of the Constitution of the United states which prohibits the states from passing laws impairing the obligation of contracts.
This was a motion to dismiss, to which was united a motion to affirm. The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.