UNITVII: Court Cases
Court cases haveexisted since the medieval times to ensure justice prevails in thesociety. Issues that have been controversial such as gay marriage,interracial marriage, and racial discrimination have forced courts torevise their former laws. This paper discusses Virginia and Lovingcase and the same-sex marriage cases in U.S.
Virginiaand Loving Case
In1967, Richard Loving and a black woman known as Mildred Jeter werecharged in Virginia court for interracial marriage (Villazor,& Maillard, 2012). Judge Leon Bazile stated thatthe couple had violated Racial Integrity Act that was passed inVirginia in 1924. According to the Racial Integrity Act, God createddifferent races without any intention for them to mix and the Whiteshad no Black ancestry. Bazile had to face a jail term of one year orleave Virginia for a duration of 25 years (Villazor,& Maillard, 2012). Anti-Miscegenation Laws inVirginia, which called for racial purity led to hatred among races. Society development and harmony is fueled by equality andappreciation of each other’s cultural values and color in thecommunity.
Discussion on Same-Sex Marriage
OnJune 2015, the Supreme Courts of US ruled the same-sex marriage isconstitutional to all 50 states of American. Various states hadalready allowed same-sex marriage such as Colorado, Alabama,Illinois, Iowa, Alaska, Florida, Arizona, California, Idaho, Connect, Hawaii, Virginia, Rhode Island, Washington, Utah, Vermont andWyoming (Baunach,2012). Arguments for legalization are that banningsame-marriage interferes with personal freedom. Moreover, allowingsame-sex marriage will reduce the number of divorces in U.S andcontrol the burgeoning population. People against same-sex marriageargue that it is against societal ethics. In addition, it does notboost population increases, and it subjects the children adopted tostress as they are discriminated both at school and in hospitals.
Courtruling on Virginian and Loving set the trend for many Americanpractices and attitudes. People advocated for a change of the formerconstitutional laws, which included same-sex marriage. Americans arenow adopting the same-sex marriage, and less discrimination iswitnessed. People are even attending marriage ceremonies of same-sexcouples in large numbers.
Personally,I do not support subject of same-sex marriage. Same sex marriage hasno tangible benefits in the community. The group that opposessame-sex marriage believe heterosexual is the only way to increasepopulation for country’s economic growth due to careful parentalcare to the children.
Baunach, D.M. (2012). Changing same-sex marriage attitudes in America from 1988through 2010. PublicOpinion Quarterly, 76(2),364-378.
Villazor, R.C., & Maillard, K. N. (2012). LovingV. Virginia in a Post-racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, andMarriage.Cambridge University Press.