The Issue Of Interracial Marriage

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afforded. One case that went before the Supreme Court in relation to this final element of the first section of this esteemed amendment is Loving v. Virginia (1967), pertaining to the issue of interracial marriage. This case encompassed an interracial couple 17-year-old female, Mildred Jeter, who was black, and her childhood sweetheart, 23-year-old, white, Richard Loving, and their fight Virginia 's "miscegenation" laws banning marriage between blacks and whites. After lawfully marrying in Washington, D.C. and returning to their home state of Virginia in 1958, the couple was charged with unlawful cohabitation jailed. Virginian judge, Leon Bazile sentenced the couple to a year in prison that could be suspended if the couple agreed to leave the state for the next 25 years. The Loving’s left their home state in after this sentence, residing with relatives relatives in Washington, D.C., before their return to visit family five years later, at which point they were arrested again, this time for traveling together. They brought their case of discrimination on the basis of race that had burdened their marriage to the Supreme Court, who ruled that state bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional. This exercises the “nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” section within section 1; the Supreme Court ruled against state bans of interracial marriage because it takes away equal marriage laws on the basis of race.
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