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8. Code Ann. ). 9. Code Ann. ). 10. Code Ann. ). Loving v. Commonwealth of Virginia 31 I In upholding the constitutionality of these provisions in the decision below, the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia referred to its 1955 decision in Nairn v. Nairn, 197 Va. 2d 749, as stating the reasons supporting the validity of these laws. In Nairn, the state court concluded that the State's legitimate purposes were "to preserve the racial integrity of its citizens," and to prevent "the corruption of blood," "a mongrel breed of citizens," and "the obliteration of racial pride," obviously an endorsement of the doctrine of White Supremacy.

12. Marriage Freedom to marry, or not marry, person of another race resides with individual and cannot be infringed by state. Const. Amend. 14. Philip J. Hirschkop, pro hac vice, by special leave of Court, Bernard S. , for appellants. R. D. , for appellee. 28 Laws and Decisions William M. , for Japanese American Citizens League, as amicus curiae, by special leave of Court. Mr. Chief Justice WARREN delivered the opinion of the Court. 1 For reasons which seem to us to reflect the central meaning of those constitutional commands, we conclude that these statutes cannot stand consistently with the Fourteenth Amendment.

Ed. S. Ed. 676 (1880); Shelley v. S. Ct. Ed. 1161 (1948); Burton v. S. Ct. 2d 45 (1961). [7] There can be no question but that Virginia's miscegenation statutes rest solely upon distinctions drawn according to race. The statutes proscribe generally accepted conduct if engaged in by members of different races. " Hirabayashi v. S. Ct. Ed. 1774 (1943). At the very least, the Equal Protection Clause demands that racial classifications, especially suspect in criminal statutes, be subjected to the "most rigid scrutiny," Korematsu v.

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