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   Harrisonburg Daily News Record (Newspaper) - October 8, 1954, Harrisonburg, Virginia                                PACE TWELVE DAILY NEWS-RECORD HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA.   FRIDAY. OCTOBER 8. Wn, Intermarriage Law Attacked Va. Supreme Court To Rule On Another Race Question RICHMOND, Oct. "i I.4V-The Ptat.p Supreme Court twlny agreed . tn ni]p on a case challenging the oonstmiiionnlily of Virginia's laws against racial intermarriage. It will br the first such ruling ever made by the seven-man court. The ease was brought, by n Chinese seaman whose marriage tn nn American white eirl was annulled by the Portsmouth Circuit Court on the ground that Virginia law does rot recopnize marital bond.s between a white person and a member of another race. The seaman. Ham Say Nain, contended in a l.Vpape petition that the circuit court exceeded it* authority and that. Virginia's laws aeainst intermarriage are 'clearly in conflict, with the U. S. Constitution's J4th Amendment. This amendment, argued Ham, prohibits annulments based on race or color. The petition cited several instances where the racial barriers have been lowered by court, decree and referred to the recent Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in the public schools. "Surely," added the petition, "the right of marriage stands on no less a footing." Because of the case's importance and inasmuch as state laws -and policy - are affected, the court, invited the attorney general to file a brief in behalf of the commonwealth. At present, Atty. Gen. J. bind-say Almond Is busy preparing ft brief for submission to the Supreme Court which will conduct new hearings in December on the school segregation case. A check of U. S. Supreme Court opinions disclosed no ruling has been issued on interracial marriage since 1887. In that year, the tribunal held the states should be given rather wide latitude in enacting laws pertaining to marriage. In Virginia, the only near-comparable State Supreme Court decision came 20 years ago when it was held the state law against �white and Negro living together was valid regardless of whether the marriage took place in another state. Virginia not only has a law prohibiting the marriage of whites and Negroes but another act which prohibits "any white person in this state to marry any save a white person, or a person with no other mixture of blood than white and American Indian." In the instant case, Ham and his wife, Ruby Elaine Nain, were married June 26. 1952, at Elizabeth City, N. C, and returned to Norfolk to live. Several months later, they separated and Ham's wife petitioned for annulment on grounds of adultery. Ham denied the adultery charge, but the annulment, was granted anyway because of the interracial law. Fahnestocks At Strasburg Rites LINVILLE. Oct. 6 - Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Fahnestock and family attended the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Charles Estop, Sunday afternoon. Services were held from the St. Stephens Lutheran Church, near Srt.rasburn, with the Rev. Stanley Wampler in charge. Interment was in the St. Stephen's Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. High en tertained the following relatives at. dinner Sunday. Mrs. George Roadcap, Mrs. Alma Rankin, Harold, William, JeaneUe and Jannie, all of Ml. Sidney. Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Miller, Clyde and Sharon, of Grottoes: Mrs. Raymond Martz, Jean, Billy and Charles, Alt. Sidney. Mr. and Mrs. Don Messeley, Dana and Tun were guests Sunday of her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Dirhl, Jr., Cross Keys. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Lohr. Micky, Kenneth Alice and Dean-na. Mr. and Mrs. Wade Hill. Gail and Dewey and Marsha Click, of Broadway were dinneer uuests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Emmrtt Hill. Afternoon visitors wore: Mr. and Mrs. Oakley Hill, Sandra. Oakif and Tony Lynn, of Harrisonburg and Mr. and Mrs. K. K. Emswiler. of New Market. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Miller, Jr., and children. Jo Ann, Gary Vickie and Carla spent Sunday with his parents. MY. and Mrs. Carl Miller. Sr. Pcnn Laird. Mr. and Mrs. Don Messerley and sons. Dana and Tim. were supper fjuests Friday of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Miller. S Spt. and Mrs. Stanley Fries and Mama Ann, of Washington spent from Friday ihi'otmh Sunday with then parents, Mr. and Mrs. Flovd Fries here and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Depoy, at Keez-letnwn Miss Jean Mart?, of Mi Sidney is spending some time with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Win. Hiph. Mt. Clifton Notes MT CLIFTON, Oct. fi - Mr and Mr.-. Lurty Showalter of Mar-t :ii.---bu!-t; Pa.. MMted their relative;-. Mr. and Mrs J. F. Stio-''. alter the lattet pan of last week Mr. and Mr;.. R. R Wait on and Mis Paul Bowers \u-if busine-.s \ :s>tors m New Maiket aim T.m-berville on Saturday Mi and Mis M L. Sauer aiin James. Mr. and Mrs. Rus.s Knee and Mis. Walter Knee of Wiii- i.
                            

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