On June 12, , the Supreme Court issued its Loving v. Virginia decision, which struck down laws that banned inter-racial marriages as unconstitutional. Here is a brief recap of this landmark civil rights case. As of , 16 states had still not repealed anti-miscegenation laws that forbid interracial marriages.
Loving V. Virginia - Case, Summary & Decision - HISTORY
Loving v. Virginia , U. It has been the subject of several songs and three movies, including the film Loving. Beginning in , it was cited as precedent in U. The case involved Mildred Loving, a woman of color , [note 1] and her white husband Richard Loving, who in were sentenced to a year in prison for marrying each other. Their marriage violated Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of , which criminalized marriage between people classified as " white " and people classified as " colored ". The Lovings appealed their conviction to the Supreme Court of Virginia , which upheld it.
Philip J. Hirschkop, pro hac vice, by special leave of Court, Bernard S. Cohen, Alexandria, Va. William M.
Special to The New York Times. The opinion by Chief Justice Earl Warren was directed specifically at the antimiscegenation laws of Virginia, which had been challenged by Richard P. Loving, a white man, and his part-Negro, part-Indian wife, Mildred. However, the wording was sufficiently broad and disapproving to leave no doubt that the antimiscegenation laws of 15 other states are also now void.