Loving v. Virginia

Loving v. Virginia

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  • We're going to travel to Washington, DC to get married from out home state, Virginia.
  • We got married on June 2nd, 1958. We later then travelled back to our home in Virginia
  • Police came into our bedroom and told us we were going to be arrested for violating a Virginia ban on interracial marriage 
  • JUDGE: Your punishment for the both of you will be confinement in the state penitentiary for 1-5 years 
  • *We were sentenced to one year but the judge suspended it because we had to immediately leave the state for 25 years*
  • After being forced to leave Virginia, we had to live in Washington, DC for several years
  • We sued because we believed that this violated our 14th amendment right. We kept fighting until we got our rights!
  • If we did not have the Loving v. Virginia case, the 11 million Americans who are in interracial marriages would not be married right now. People have a right to love whoever they want, no matter their race. Interracial marriage became fully legal in the United States in 1967.
  • The Supreme Court announced its ruling on June 12, 1967. The justices found that Virginia’s interracial marriage law violated the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. It also struck down laws against interracial marriage in 16 U.S. states including Virginia
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