The story of Mildred Loving, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, is an incredible example of the power of love – and it’s something LGBTQ folks have benefitted from almost 50 years later.
Now, a new movie from Focus Features aims to highlight that story with a powerful drama starring Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, The Gift) as Richard and Ruth Negga (World War Z,Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Mildred. Check out the trailer below:
The plot of the movie follows the couple as they fall in love, get married, and then face jail time and battle Virginia’s miscegenation (interracial marriage) laws. The mixing of races was illegal in the South until the two won their case in 1967.
The Loving V. Virginia decision was used in a number of cases dealing with the legalization of same-sex marriage and striking bans against the practice over the first part of this decade; specifically, the idea that “tradition” cannot be used as the basis of limiting access to marriage.
This isn’t the first movie based on the Loving’s story. Back in 1996 Mr. & Mrs. Loving was released staring Lela Rochon and Timothy Hutton, and directed by Richard Friedenberg. Sadly, Mildred Loving herself said that little was accurate in the movie “accept the fact that they had three kids.”
Loving, however is based on the Peabody Award winning HBO Documentary called The Loving Story. Here’s to hoping to movie follows in the documentary’s success.
Staff Reports MEXICO CITY — In a historic andunanimous decision Monday, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that denying same-sex couples in the Mexican State of Oaxaca the right to marry is unconstitutionally discriminatory, based in part on two significantU.S. Supreme Court cases. Justice Arturo Zaldívar Lelo de Larrea cited the 1967 case Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that [...]