"I have been, uh, questioned about the right of the state to regulate marriage. And I think that where the court has found that the State could, in fact, regulate marriage--within permissible grounds--they have gone on, as they did in the Reynolds case, to find that the people... that there was a danger to the principles on which the government of the people, to a greater or lesser extent, rests. I ask this court: if the State is urging here that there is some State principle involved, or some principle of the people involved, that is a proper principle of theirs, what is it? What is the danger to the state of Virginia of interracial marriage? What is the state of the danger to the people of interracial marriage? This question has been carefully avoided."
-oral arguments before the Supreme Court on Loving v. Virginia