Quotes by: Harry A. Blackmun

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Harry Blackmun
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
In office
June 9, 1970 – August 3, 1994[1]
Nominated by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Abe Fortas
Succeeded by Stephen Breyer
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
September 21, 1959 – June 8, 1970
Nominated by Dwight Eisenhower
Preceded by John Sanborn
Succeeded by Donald Ross
Personal details
Born Harry Andrew Blackmun
(1908-11-12)November 12, 1908
Nashville, Illinois, U.S.
Died March 4, 1999(1999-03-04) (aged 90)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Republican
Alma mater Harvard University
Religion Methodism

Disapproval of homosexuality cannot justify invading the houses, hearts and minds of citizens who choose to live their lives differently.
Harry A. Blackmun
It is precisely because the issue raised by this case touches the heart of what makes individuals what they are that we should be especially sensitive to the rights of those whose choices upset the majority.
Harry A. Blackmun
The flaw in the statute is that in all its applications, it operates on a fundamentally mistaken premise that high solicitation costs are an accurate measure of fraud.
Harry A. Blackmun
The states are not free, under the guise of protecting maternal health or potential life, to intimidate women into continuing pregnancies.
Harry A. Blackmun
By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license, such a statute creates a threat of censorship that by its very existence chills free speech.
Harry A. Blackmun
Who is to say that 5 men 10 years ago were right whereas 5 men looking the other direction today are wrong.
Harry A. Blackmun
What the Court really has refused to recognize is the fundamental interest all individuals have in controlling the nature of their intimate associations.
Harry A. Blackmun
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 A. Blackmun
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 A. Blackmun
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