Author: General Assembly

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Chapter CXCII of the Code of Virginia (1873)

In this excerpt from the Code of Virginia, published in 1873, the General Assembly defines “Offences Against Morality and Decency” and articulates those laws designed to protect the peace of church services.

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Chapter 161A of the Code of Virginia § 4097z–dd (1930)

In this excerpt from the Code of Virginia, the law requires buses to segregate their passengers on the basis of race; invests drivers with the powers of “special policemen,” able to judge the race of patrons, change seating, eject uncooperative passengers, and make arrests; and affixes a fine for passengers who do not comply. In Morgan v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down these laws as applied to interstate commercial passenger travel.

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Chapter CIX of the Code of Virginia (1849)

In this excerpt from the Code of Virginia, published in 1849, the General Assembly defines the various attributes of valid marriages and what circumstances would allow partners to divorce or annul their marriages.

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