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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Loving v. Virginia
Loving v. Virginia

Decided June 12, 1967

388 U.S. 1

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/388/1.html

Decision

State laws that outlaw interracial marriages make distinctions on the basis of race in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. In addition, racial classifications are inherently suspect, meaning that they are almost impossible for governments to justify.

Background

A ban on interracial marriages, one of the legal legacies of slavery, lasted well into the twentieth century in many parts of the country. These antimiscegenation laws served to stigmatize blacks and to perpetuate state-sanctioned inequality among the races. It was not until 1948 that a state court, California's, found that such a ban violated the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection under the law. Twenty years after that, however, sixteen states—Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, ...

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