Loving v. Virginia

isn’t that a great name for a Supreme Court case? i thought so.

what i thought even more amazing was this text, from the decision:

Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not to marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.

and with that, in 1964, the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 was overturned, once and for all. the anti-miscegenation laws are now far behind us, but do you know that until 1991, we would not have had a voting majority to agree. i’m very glad that interracial couples did not have to wait until 1991 for the general public (who are notorious assholes, as a group) to agree that it was ok for them to have this ‘basic civil right’.

equal rights should NEVER be subjected to a public vote

quote, and Supreme Court case, discovered reading Robot Monkey Pants.

3 thoughts on “Loving v. Virginia

  1. TY Liz for such a strong reminder in the form of an anology of a very similar historic precedent that did NOT ruin the world as we know it.

    Be Not Afraid of a BASIC.Civil.Right

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  2. Thank you so much for posting this and for referencing it on my blog. How astounding that had we waited for the MAJORITY (which, btw, I agree wholeheartedly with the notorious nature of – ha ha) to agree on allowing this basic civil right. It is so hard to understand how those against gay marriage cannot see this correlation. Insert any “minority” into the struggle and the message is clear that bigotry is bigotry. Right now, the hatred is toward gays, which make up a huge part of our society and deserve the same respect and freedom as the “next girl or guy.” Who will be next? It could be those very bigots seeking to take equality away from those then deem unworthy now.

    Thanks again! This is excellent!

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