Argued: Griswold v. Connecticut - The Supreme Court will rule 7-2 that laws banning the use of contraceptives by married couples violates peoples "right to marital privacy."
This strikes down as unconstitutional a Connecticut law against using contraceptives or even giving advice and information about using contraceptives.
Justice William O. Douglas writes in the majority opinion:
"We deal with a right of privacy older than the Bill of Rights - older than our political parties, older than our school system.
Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.
It is an association that promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects.
Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in our prior decisions."
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