I am surprised that most commentators when mentioning same gender marriages omit the Loving v. Virginia case which allowed jailing intermarriages between racial and certain ethnic groups in some states until 1967. Those who now attack the First Amendment are pursuing a precedent which was outlawed more than 40 years ago.
Racism and ethnic prejudices run deep in this nation and raise their ugly heads again and again. I suspect the fall election will play this game with African Americans and Latinos. What else unifies the Tea Party supporters but the charge that these groups are taking their jobs when the truth is that cheaper treatment of workers globally is sending Americans to our discount stores where such goods are sold rather than buying American made products?
Hate and resentment are easy to stir up, as the Republicans are doing, to blame Obama for an economic recession which their own Bush team generated. Racism lies at the heart of the Republican game plan and will probably succeed with massive corporate funding now permitted by the Supreme Court — to block any serious help for those in desperate need now approaching 15% of Americans and looking to get worse. Ironically, it is middle income Americans who are being murdered by our economy as well as minorities. Will they wake up and vote for their interests in the fall or put the final nail in their own coffins?
“Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), was a landmark civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court, by a 9-0 vote, declared Virginia’s anti miscegenation statute, the “Racial Integrity Act of 1924″, unconstitutional, thereby overturning Pace v. Alabama (1883) and ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
Ed Kent [blind copies]