Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) took to the floor of the House chamber to admonish Justice Clarence Thomas for recommending a federal legal review of gay marriage, sex, and contraception while remaining silent on the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing interracial marriage in 1967.
“He didn’t mention (interracial marriage) for some reason,” Nadler said in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives. “Maybe the fact that he’s intermarried … had something to do with it.”
Thomas is Black and his wife, Virginia, also known as Ginni, is white.
Thomas joined the conservative majority in voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion. He also penned a concurring opinion that said the nation’s highest court should now reconsider several cases that rested on Roe’s declaration of a constitutional right to privacy.
But he didn’t mention Loving v. Virginia, a ruling in which the Supreme Court similarly banned states from outlawing interracial marriage. Many states had such laws on the books for close to two centuries.
Nadler brought up that Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is married to Elaine Chao, who is Asian-American.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) retorted “The open racism of the Democrat party knows no bounds.”