Julie Weiss is an education
writer with a commitment to social justice. She holds a Ph.D. in American
studies, has taught at the college level and now develops curricula, textbook
materials and assessments.
In 1967 the Supreme Court ruling on Loving v. Virginia went a long way toward making marriage a right that more Americans could exercise. In Loving, the court decided that laws prohibiting African Americans and white Americans from marrying violated the Constitution. The Loving ruling said, among other things, “Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival.”