Loving v Virginia

Loving v Virginia

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  • Loving v Virginia(1967)
  • Do you remember the court case with Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving over 50 years ago?
  • Of course! They weren't allowed to marry each other because of antimiscegenation laws in Virginia!
  • Even though they had previously got married in the District of Columbia, once they returned to Virginia, they were sent to jail and the judge offered freedom if they went out of Virginia for 25 years!
  • That's the one! I can't believe they weren't allowed to get married just because she was black! Can you imagine that?
  • Ya and he was white, so they were breaking the law!
  • The People questioned if the sentence violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 4th Amendment.
  • The Loving's challenged Virginia because states cannot withhold marriages due to race.
  • Virginia wanted to keep the Loving's from getting married!
  • Unbelievable!
  • Fortunately, The Court let them stay married and they didn't have to move because of the 14th  Amendment and they said Virginia Law violated the Due Process Clause. So that means that we are free to love in Virginia!
  • Oh that's cool! Wait...we live in Idaho.
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