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lindarielle13
02-25-2004, 09:20 AM
I heard something about a Supreme Court ruling about interracial marriage that can be related to the current uproar about gay marriage. The case involved an interracial couple a long time ago. Apparently the case went all the way up to the Supreme Court in which the judge ruled that a person could not be deprived of "life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness" by the government. Does anyone know anything about this case? Please, this is not a debate about gay marriage, go to Great Debates if you want that. I am just looking for facts here. Thanks so much.

Cliffy
02-25-2004, 09:24 AM
The case is Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967):

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=388&invol=1

--Cliffy

pravnik
02-25-2004, 09:26 AM
Loving v. Virginia, 338 U.S. 1 (1967). (http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/loving.html) It was an Equal Protection challenge to a miscegenation law in Virginia preventing blacks and whites from marrying. The State argued there was no violation, since blacks and whites were being treated equally. The Court disagreed; the people who were being treated unequal were those who wished to marry someone of another race.

pravnik
02-25-2004, 09:27 AM
Darn you, Cliffy! ;)

Bricker
02-25-2004, 09:34 AM
I heard something about a Supreme Court ruling about interracial marriage that can be related to the current uproar about gay marriage. The case involved an interracial couple a long time ago. Apparently the case went all the way up to the Supreme Court in which the judge ruled that a person could not be deprived of "life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness" by the government. Does anyone know anything about this case? Please, this is not a debate about gay marriage, go to Great Debates if you want that. I am just looking for facts here. Thanks so much.

The only other point I would make is that the opinon never uses the phrase "life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness." So while the Court ruled that a state may not forbid interracial marriage, it did not ground its finding on that magnificent bit of poetry.

Otto
02-25-2004, 10:52 AM
Not that anyone asked, but other salient SCOTUS marriage cases include Turner v Safley (http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=482&invol=78) and Zablocki v Redhail (http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=434&invol=374).

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