The Supreme Court Case Loving V. Virginia

1815 Words Jun 1st, 2015 8 Pages
It is hard to believe that it has only been 48 years since the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, where the court unanimously declared Virginia 's Racial Integrity Act of 1924 unconstitutional and ended all race-based marriage bans in the U.S. When I chose this topic for my assignment, I don’t know if it was the lack of knowledge or denial that led me to believe it was longer than 48 years ago. To me, it felt like it was not a long time ago, and it was mindboggling because that meant that when my parents grew up, it was illegal if you wanted to have an interracial marriage, let alone relationship. That thought made me sad, because if I had grown up in that time, it would be illegal to be with my boyfriend now. I am in an interracial relationship myself, and as my boyfriend (who is Black), and I talk about marriage, the Loving story and the topic of interracial relationships and marriages became personal.
The, ironically named, Loving v. Virginia case was not the only case but it was one that changed our nation and the course of our history when it comes to interracial marriages. The case gained a lot of new attention three years ago when HBO created a documentary on the story about the Loving’s, airing on Valentine’s Day in 2012. The documentary was about Robert Loving, who was White, and his wife Mildred Loving, a woman of African-American and Native-American descent. The Loving’s got married in Washington, D.C. in 1958, where interracial marriage…
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