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"Loving," Hating and Interracial Relationships
« on: June 08, 2010, 03:22:48 PM »
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In 1958, a newly married couple, Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving were indicted on charges of violating Virginia's ban on interracial marriages. On January 6, 1959 they pleaded guilty to the charge and were sentenced to one year in jail. However, "the trial judge suspended the sentence for a period of 25 years on the condition that the Lovings leave the State and not return to Virginia together for 25 years." The Lovings challenged this sentence by questioning whether the State of Virginia's actions to prevent and outlaw interracial marriage violated the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

The result of this challenge came on June 12, 1967, when Chief Justice Warren delivered the opinion of the Court: "The fact that Virginia prohibits only interracial marriages involving white persons demonstrates that the racial classifications must stand on their own justification, as measures designed to maintain White Supremacy... There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classification violates the central meaning of the Equal Protection Clause. These convictions must be reversed. It is so ordered." In a rare interview with the Associated Press, Jeter-Loving reacted to the verdict by explaining that the victory "was God's work."

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