Loving vs. Virginia

Loving vs. Virginia

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  • 1967
  • 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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