Remembering Landmark Marriage Decision 50 Years Later
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 15:46
"All they wanted to do was get married, they loved each other, and all they wanted was their state to recognize them and that didn't happen".
In a landmark case, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that states could not have laws that barred interracial marriages. The decision went all the way to the Supreme Court, which found that the state of Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws violated the 14th amendment and were racist.
They were convicted and sentenced to one year in jail, with the sentence suspended "on the condition that they leave Virginia".
The marker honoring Richard and Mildred Loving was unveiled Monday in Richmond outside the building that once housed the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, defined under Virginia's 1924 Racial Integrity Act as an interracial couple, married in June 1958 in Washington, D.C., and returned home to Caroline County.
Couples and families are using the hashtag #LovingDay all over social media today to celebrate interracial relationships that would have been illegal in the USA before a landmark civil rights case 50 years ago. Loving, how did you do that?' She looked up at me and said, 'I just want to get married.' That was her whole motivation.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) When Richard and Mildred Loving had the audacity to marry, Virginia law officers jailed them.
In 2017, the Academy Awards nominated Ruth Negga for an Oscar as Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in the film "Loving". In 1967, the Loving v. Virginia case overturned all state laws that restrict marriages because of the race.
Richard Loving died in 1975 at the age of 41 when a drunk driver ran into his auto.