Anti-Miscegenation Statutes in the United States Essay
In 1948, Andrea Perez, a Mexican-American woman, and Sylvester Davis, an African-American man,filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Clerk W.G. Sharp (Perez vs. Sharp, October 1, 1948).Earlier, they had sought a marriage license from the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office but were denied such because Perez was racially classified as white and Davis as negro.
“In this proceeding in mandamus, petitioners seek to compel the County Clerk of Los Angeles County to issue them a certificate of registry (Civ. Code, § 69a) and a license to marry. (Civ. Code, § 69.) In the application for a license, petitioner Andrea Perez states that she …show more content…
Compare and contrast both cases in regards to the Anti-Miscegenation Statutes
“There is no redress for the serious restriction of the right of Negroes, Mulattoes, Mongolians, and Malays to marry.... A member of any of these races may find himself barred from marrying the person of his choice and that person to him may be irreplaceable. Human beings are bereft of worth and dignity by a doctrine that would make them as interchangeable as trains.” Justice Roger J. Traynor, Perez v. Sharp
The turning point came with Perez v. Sharp (1948), also known as