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Same-sex marriage ruling highlights Supreme Court quandary: Restraint or intervention?

Same-sex marriage ruling highlights Supreme Court quandary: Restraint or intervention?

When the Supreme Court convened in 1967 to decide the case of Loving vs. Virginia, 16 Southern states had made it a crime for interracial couples to marry. The trial judge who convicted Richard and Mildred Loving said such laws reflected divine will. "Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents," the judge said. "The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix." Then-Chief Justice Earl Warren quoted those words before declaring laws banning interracial marriages unconstitutional. "The freedom to marry" is one of "the basic civil rights" and a...

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