The Supreme Court Case Loving V. Virginia

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On June 2, 1958 Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving went to Washington D.C. to get married and they went back to Virginia a few days later. But because Mildred was of African-American and Native American decent, and Richard was white they were arrested for violating the state law that prohibits interracial marriage. At the time, Virginia was one of 17 states, including Texas and Alabama, that had laws prohibiting interracial marriage (Wolfe). The Supreme Court Case Loving v. Virginia is an important of part of American history that has had a huge impact on racial equality and has helped change the definition of marriage in the United States forever.
After their arrest, Richard was released after only one night with a $1000 bond. Mildred was released a few days later into the care of her father. In the trial in October 1958, they pleaded not guilty and waived a jury trial. However, they changed their pleas to guilty at the end of their arguments. and on January 6, 1959 they were sentenced to one year in prison (Wolfe). However, Judge Leon Bazile suspended the sentence under the condition that they do not return to the state together for 25 years. The sentence allowed them to return individually (Wolfe). So they paid their court fees of $36.29 each and they lived to Washington D.C. to live with Mildred’s cousin and his wife, but they still wanted to move back to Virginia so they could be with their families (Martin). In 1963 Mildred wrote a letter to Robert F. Kennedy, a U.S.…
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