Monday, March 1, 2004

Little-Known Fact

From a Letter to the Editor of the Miami Herald:

In 1912, Rep. Seaborn Roddenberry, D-Ga., proposed this amendment to the Constitution: ”Intermarriage between negros or persons of color and Caucasians . . . within the United States . . . is forever prohibited.” It didn’t pass, even though most Americans opposed interracial marriage and advocates argued that the amendment would save the sacred institution of marriage.

Let us hope that the proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage meets the same fate. [Author’s name left off on-line edition.]

It only took another 55 years for the Supreme Court to rule that laws against interracial marriages were unconstitutional.