Three couples are suing the state of Virginia after they refused to identify their races on marriage license applications and were denied their licenses.
The couples say they were presented with confusing lists of racial categories and forced to choose which best represented them — and that some of the lists contained outdated or offensive racial terms.
The couples argue that the law violates their constitutional rights to free speech, due process, and privacy, and forces them to “label themselves against their will.”
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Three couples are suing the state of Virginia, alleging they were denied marriage licenses for refusing to identify their races on the applications.
According to a lawsuit filed in a federal court last week, each of the couples were taken aback when they went to apply for marriage licenses, but were presented instead with confusing lists of racial categories and forced to choose which best represented them.
In one county, the clerk even offered one couple a list of 230 racial categories that contained odd, antiquated, or even racist terms, such as “Quadroon,” “Octoroon,” “Mulatto,” and “Aryan.”
“We’re looking and we see Aryan, Mulatto, all these terms that are not only outdated, but deeply offensive,” Brandyn Churchill, …read more
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