History was forever changed on June 12, 1967, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional.
In the 1960's Mildred and Richard Loving lived in Virginia where there was a ban for them to be married, so instead, they 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.
With help from the ACLU, their case went before the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond and then on to the U.S. Supreme Court.
54 years ago, 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.
54 years ago today in a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court declared laws banning interracial marriage in Virginia and 15 other states unconstitutional.— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) June 12, 2021
On #LovingDay, we celebrate Mildred and Richard Loving—and their love and courage that changed the course of our history. pic.twitter.com/pI4Ky4Oico