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McLaughlin v. Florida
United States Supreme Court
379 U.S. 184 (1964)
A Florida criminal statute prohibited cohabitation between an unmarried black person and an unmarried white person. McLaughlin (defendant) was convicted of violating the statute. The Supreme Court of Florida affirmed the conviction. McLaughlin appealed, arguing that the statute was an unconstitutional violation of equal protection. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari. The State of Florida (the state) argued that the law helped to prevent premarital promiscuity and was ancillary, or necessary, to Florida’s ban on interracial marriage.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
Concurrence (Stewart, J.)
Concurrence (Harlan, J.)
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