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  •  My understanding is that some of these laws . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    . . . were adapted almost word for word from older ones forbidding marriage between blacks and whites. That speaks pretty loudly concerning their intent.

    It's funny: conservatives are adamant about the evils of drug use, but folks like Michael Medved sound as though they are smoking something a lot stronger than tobacco.

    •  I would be surprised (0+ / 0-)

      if they used the same language.  But according to Prof. Peggy Pascoe (who is completing a book on the history of miscegenation laws in the US), the arguments used by people fearful of gay marriage today are strikingly similar to those once used by those fearful of inter-racial marriages. Quoting from an article by Pascoe:

      1) First, judges claimed that marriage belonged under the control of the states rather than the federal government.

      2) Second, they began to define and label all interracial relationships (even longstanding, deeply committed ones) as illicit sex rather than marriage.

      3) Third, they insisted that interracial marriage was contrary to God's will, and

      4) Fourth, they declared, over and over again, that interracial marriage was somehow "unnatural."

      In its judgment invalidating one interracial marriage in 1878, the Supreme Court of the State of VA wrote (emphasis mine):
      The purity of public morals," the court declared, "the moral and physical development of both races….require that they should be kept distinct and separate… that connections and alliances so unnatural that God and nature seem to forbid them, should be prohibited by positive law, and be subject to no evasion.

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