The U.S. supreme court rules that a state could grant a liquor license to a private club that practiced racial discrimination.
1972 (Jun 12)
The U.S. supreme court ruled in a 6-3 decision that a state could grant a liquor license to a private club that practiced racial discrimination. The court ruled against the petition of K. Leroy Irvis, Black majority leader of the Pennsylvania house of representatives. Irvis had been denied service in the restaurant of the Lodge of the Loyal Order of Moose in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Justice William H. Rehnquist wrote that the authority to grant liquor licenses did not "sufficiently implicate the state in the discriminatory guest policies” of private clubs. Justices Douglas, Brennan, and Marshall dissented from the majority view.