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Bans on Interracial Unions Offer Perspective on Gay Ones

Date: March 17, 2004
Author: Adam Liptak
QUOTE: "...legal scholars say that an examination of the last wrenching national debate over the definition of marriage — when, only 50 years ago, a majority of states banned interracial marriages — demonstrates that the president misunderstood the legal terrain."

ABSTRACT: Some legal experts argue that the complex history of state laws that prohibited interracial marriages (overturned only in 1967 during the Civil Rights movement) may shed important light on how various states and the federal government handle controversies over conflicting recognitions of gay marriage.

--- Nathan Hurst

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