'Loving Day' celebrates Supreme Court case striking down state laws banning interracial marriage

Posted at 2:06 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 14:06:22-04

In the 1960's Mildred and Richard Loving lived in Virginia where there was a ban for them to be married.

They traveled to Washington D.C., to get married.

When the Lovings returned they were given the choice of jail time or to leave Virginia for 25 years.

Their case went before the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond and then on to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Loving v. Virginia was settled in 1967 when the Supreme Court ruled bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional in the United States.

Today the landmark case is honored by naming June 12, Loving Day.

According to pew research, since then the number of interracial newlyweds is five times higher.