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Children of no one; Once, out of wedlock meant out of luck for kids and parents. That began to change in 1968.
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Children & youth; State laws; Families & family life; Legal reform
Author: Polikoff, Nancy
Date: May 20, 2008
Start Page: A.15
Section: Main News; Part A; Editorial Pages Desk
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Forty years ago today, tucked in between the assassinations of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling repudiated centuries of settled law by granting constitutional recognition and protection to a previously outcast group: children born outside of marriage and their parents. Over the next several years, the Supreme Court reinforced this position, requiring states to allow nonmarital families access to public benefits and giving all children a right to financial support from their parents.

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