Gaines v. New OrleansAnnotate this Case
73 U.S. 642 (1867)
U.S. Supreme Court
Gaines v. New Orleans, 73 U.S. 6 Wall. 642 642 (1867)
Gaines v. New Orleans
73 U.S. (6 Wall.) 642
APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
1. By the law of Louisiana, if a man bona fide believe a woman free to marry him on account of the invalidity of a former marriage, and with such a belief of this, does marry her, such marriage has its civil effects, and the child born of it is legitimate, and can inherit its father's estate.
2. The fact of marriage being proved, the presumptions of law are all in favor of good faith.