Loving v. Virginia

In 1967, the United States Supreme Court (Loving v. Virginia) unanimously overturned anti-miscegenation laws that were still on the books in 16 states. Alabama was actually the last state to overturn its law against interracial marriage. No one has ever claimed Alabama is ahead of its time – its law was repealed in the year 2000 by a vote of 60% to 40%. Over a half million Alabamans, I am guessing a majority of the whites who voted that day, still believed it ought to be unlawful for the races to mix. This is what happens when you leave the civil liberties of minority groups up to the people to decide. We, the people, have never been very obliging to the rights of others. This week, North Carolina became the 30th state to adopt a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage. Fear makes people do a lot of unkind and unwise things. Less than fifty years ago, we believed it was necessary to protect the white majority from the black minority by laws prohibiting their marital union. I believe it will be less than fifty years before we realize we have made the same mistake here.

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3 Responses to Loving v. Virginia

  1. Bill Aitken '64 says:

    Once again, you said it all, Larry.

  2. Right on, Larry! xoxoxo b

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