Harry Blackmun Quotes

Most popular Harry Blackmun Quotes

Disapproval of homosexuality cannot justify invading the houses, hearts and minds of citizens who choose to live their lives differently.
— Harry Blackmun

sex

In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.
— Harry Blackmun

equality race

The right of an individual to conduct intimate relationships in the intimacy of his or her own home seems to me to be the heart of the Constitution's protection of privacy.
— Harry Blackmun

privacy

When the government puts its imprimatur on a particular religion, it conveys a message of exclusion to all those who do not adhere to the favored beliefs.  A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some.

religion and politics

The states are not free, under the guise of protecting maternal health or potential life, to intimidate women into continuing pregnancies. Abortion raises moral and spiritual questions over which honorable persons can disagree sincerely and profoundly. But those disagreements did not then and do not now relieve us of our duty to apply the constitution faithfully.
— Harry Blackmun

abortion