Fourty-four years ago in Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court unanimously voted that a ban on interracial marriage was unconstitutional.
Mildred Delores Jeter, a woman of African and Native American decent, married a white man, Richard Perry Loving in Washington, D.C. in May of 1958. The couple left Virginia to escape the Racial Integrity Act that prohibited a white person marrying a non-white person. When the couple returned to Virginia, they were charged with violating the ban.
Before passing away, Loving said “I believe all Americans, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. . . . I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.”
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