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On this day: Supreme Court rejects anti-interracial marriage laws

June 12, 2018 By NCC Staff

On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court issued its Loving v. Virginia decision, which blocked states from passing laws that banned inter-racial marriages. Here is a brief recap of the this landmark civil rights case.

On this day, all Indians made United States citizens

June 2, 2018 By NCC Staff

On June 2, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed into law the Indian Citizenship Act, which marked the end of a long debate and struggle, at a federal level, over full birthright citizenship for American Indians.

A royal and constitutional citizenship question

May 17, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will exchange wedding vows at Windsor Castle. So what happens to the American citizenship status of newest member of Britain’s royal family?

Brown v. Board: When the Supreme Court ruled against segregation

May 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

The decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka on May 17, 1954 is perhaps the most famous of all Supreme Court cases, as it started the process ending segregation. It overturned the equally far-reaching decision of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896.

Constitutional milestone on transgender rights

April 16, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

For the first time in any court, a federal judge in Seattle has ruled that transgender people are entitled to the fullest protection of the Constitution against discrimination.

Can a President invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling?

August 22, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Back in 2013, an obscure constitutional debate about presidential powers and the debt ceiling received considerable attention. But as a new debt deadline nears in a deadlocked Washington, the 14th Amendment could come back in play in late September.

Loving, marriage, and (in)equality

June 16, 2017 By Serena Mayeri

In this commentary, Serena Mayeri of the University of Pennsylvania Law School explains what Loving v. Virginia did and did not do for marriage and racial equality in the United States.

The history behind Loving v. Virginia

June 15, 2017 By Matthew Pinsker

In this commentary, Matthew Pinsker of Dickinson College explores the laws, practices, and cases that led up to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on interracial marriage.

Podcast: Loving v. Virginia at 50

June 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

Steve Calabresi of Northwestern University and Sheryll Cashin of Georgetown University discuss the landmark case and its constitutional legacy.

How the 14th Amendment protects ‘loving’ and diverse families

June 13, 2017 By Ken Tanabe

In this commentary, "Loving Day" founder Ken Tanabe reflects on the story and enduring power of the Supreme Court's ruling in Loving v. Virginia.

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