On this day: Bans on interracial marriage ruled unconstitutional thanks to a Virginia couple

Updated: Jun. 12, 2020 at 9:16 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - On June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Virginia’s laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional, saying they violated the 14th amendment. The decision overturned bans on marriage on the basis of race in 16 different states.

Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter lived in Caroline County, Virginia. Richard was a white man; Mildred was a woman of mixed African American and Native American ancestry. They fell in love and exchanged wedding vows in Washington DC, where interracial marriage was legal in 1958.

Then, they returned home to Virginia, where they were arrested just five weeks after their wedding. And their fight was just beginning.

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