Marriage.

Statutes that forbid the contracting of marriage be-tween persons of different races are unconstitutional,1782 as are statutes that penalize interracial cohabitation.1783 Nor may a court deny custody of a child based on a parent’s remarriage to a person of another race and the presumed “best interests of the child” to be free from the prejudice and stigmatization that might result.1784

Footnotes

1782
Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967). [Back to text]
1783
McLaughlin v. Florida, 379 U.S. 184 (1964). [Back to text]
1784
Palmore v. Sidoti, 466 U.S. 429 (1984). [Back to text]