Loving v. Virginia
June 12, 2023
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 12 of June, repeating indefinitely
On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia that the prohibition of interracial marriage was unconstitutional.
The case came to the Court after Mildred Jeter (a black woman) and Richard Loving (a white man) were married in Washington, D.C. and returned to Virginia, where they were charged with violating state law and sentenced to a year in prison. The couple was also given the option of quitting state residency for 25 years, which they did in order to be together.
The Court found that the Virginia law violated the Fourteenth Amendment. “Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed by the State.” 💗 👩❤️👨 💗
– Chief Justice Earl Warren
The Wedding Morning, John Henry Frederick Bacon, 1892