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  •  Anti-miscegenation and bigotry against (7+ / 0-)

    certain religious minorities is the primary reason US states began issuing marriage licenses to begin with.  Marriage itself is about property rights, but marriage licenses exist solely to prohibit "undesirable" marriages.

    Loving v. Virginia is also interesting because of an exception apparently carved out for the descendants of John Rolfe and Pocahontas:

    Intermarriage prohibited; meaning of term `white persons.
    It shall hereafter be unlawful for any white person in this State to marry any save a white person, or a person with no other admixture of blood than white and American Indian. For the purpose of this chapter, the term `white person' shall apply only to such person as has no trace whatever of any blood other than Caucasian; but persons who have one-sixteenth or less of the blood of the American Indian and have no other non-Caucasic blood shall be deemed to be white persons.

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