Loving vs. Virgina

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LOVING v. VIRGINIA Can you imagine not being able to share your life with the person you love because of the color of your skin? Well, this was the case for those who resided in Virginia decades ago. Interracial marriages were not allowed in Virginia and sixteen other states due to the adoption of the Racial Integrity Act of 1924. The sole purpose of this act was to completely prohibit a "white person" marrying other than another "white person". Marriage licenses were not issued until the issuing official is content with the applications statements as to if their races are "correct". Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Jeter, a black woman, was not going to let the state of Virginia stop them from being married, so they left…show more content…
Some states actually banished interracial couples from their homelands. With the growing racial unrest sweeping the U.S., and particularly the South in the 1960s, The Supreme Court decided that the protections of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applied equally to blacks and the whites that loved them. The Loving vs. Virginia case ended the abominable assumption that the state has a right to intrude upon the private lives and affections of its citizens, to the point of dictating to them who they were allowed to love. Mildred Loving is alone now, the marriage that entered her name in law school textbooks ended in 1975 when a drunken driver broad sided the couple's car and killed her husband. She lives quietly in a small cinderblock house Richard Loving built for her and three children after the Supreme Court decision allowed them to return to Virginia. Mildred and Richard loving did not want to overturn Virginia's anti-miscegenation law; they just wanted to get married. Bibliography www.law.umkc.edu www.personl.umich.edu

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