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Hey honey, Will you marry me?
Of course! But it is illegal for us to get married here in 1967.
Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving were an interracial couple that left Virginia to get married in the District of Columbia . Soon after, they returned to Virginia only to find...
...that they were charged with violating Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute and sent to jail for a year.
The court was asked to answer whether or not Virginia's anti- miscegenation law violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Hey! Why are you two married?
The Loving couple felt that the law was unconstitutional and inconsistent with the Fourteenth Amendment because the Fourteenth Amendment indicates that all people are equal before the law.
The state felt that the couple broke the state law that does not allow interracial marriages.
The Supreme Court rejected the state's argument and found the law had no purpose. They sided with the Loving's in that the law was unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment.
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