Writer Joan Steinau Lester lived in the marital legal shadows twice, the first time during an interracial marriage with her Black husband before the Supreme Court’s 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision. After her divorce, she married her wife Carole — a union that came to be protected by the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision. What does the Court ruling overturning Roe — and the possible implication for other privacy rights — mean for families like hers, she asks, noting that some legal scholars say same-sex and interracial marriages could be threatened by the same legal reasoning used to overturn Roe.

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