Sunday, June 11, 2017

Ban On Interracial Marriage Ended 50-Years-Ago

On June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court was wrapping up the final orders for the term. Among the cases before them was that of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who had been sentenced to a year in jail for violating Virginia's ban on marriage between people of different races. The question posed by the Lovings' plight was simple: Did Virginia's law violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment? The justices' unanimous conclusion also was simple - yes, it does - and felled not only Virginia's law, but similar laws in 15 other states.


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