Decision Destroying Roe Threatens Legal Right To Interracial Marriage, Experts Warn

The legal right not only to same-sex marriage but also to interracial marriage 

which reaches even further back in American history 

is now at risk with the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade 

and its profound upending of decades of basic rights, experts warn. 

Vice President Kamala Harris, whose own marriage is interracial, said in remarks Friday 

that the decision “calls into question other rights that we thought were settled, 

such as the right to use birth control, the right to same-sex marriage, the right to interracial marriage.” 

The possibility of the loss of the right to marry someone of another race was ominously raised when Sen. 

Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said in March that such a right should be left up to the states (as abortion is now). 

Following backlash, he retracted his statement, claiming he had misunderstood the question. 

Such a decision would mean that an interracial couple legally married in one state could be arrested while visiting another. 

The Supreme Court’s decision Friday compared the Roe ruling to cases such as 

Obergefell v. Hodges, which guaranteed the right to marriage equality; Loving v. Virginia, 

which protected interracial marriage; Griswold v. Connecticut, which established the right for married couples to use contraception;  

and Lawrence v. Texas, which prohibited states from banning sexual relations between people of the same sex.