It is 2009

On October 16, 2009, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke


U. S. Supreme Court

I am stating the obvious because at least one Justice of the Peace in Louisana thinks it is 1954 or something. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish’s 8th Ward, refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple because he is concerned for the children.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws 42 years ago. Chief Justice Warren delivered the opinion in Loving v. Virginia on June 12, 1967. Here is the last paragraph.

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 marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.