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jindal-speechIn 1967, in a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down the State of Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law as unconstitutional. Loving v. Virginia (known, poetically and appropriately, as simply Loving) is hailed as one of the most important civil rights cases in American history, but it’s not merely a civil rights case or a case about racial discrimination; at its core, Loving is about the institution of marriage. Twenty years later, the Supreme Court decided another case about marriage, and although it may not be as well-known as Loving, Turner v. Safely is just as important. In Turner, the Court held that laws preventing prisoners from marrying were unconstitutional. Marriage was not a privilege; it was a fundamental right.

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