McLaughlin v. FloridaAnnotate this Case
379 U.S. 184 (1964)
U.S. Supreme Court
McLaughlin v. Florida, 379 U.S. 184 (1964)
McLaughlin v. Florida
Argued October 13-14, 1964
Decided December 7, 1964
379 U.S. 184
A Florida criminal statute prohibits an unmarried interracial couple from habitually living in and occupying the same room in the night-time. No other Florida statute penalizes precisely the same conduct when engaged in by members of the same race.
Held: The Florida statute denies the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment, and is invalid. Pp. 379 U. S. 184-196.
153 So. 2d 1, reversed.