On this day in 1967, the Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. That is how June 12 got to be known as Loving Day, an informal celebration to commemorate the decision that declared interracial marriage was legal.
The case involved a non-white woman, Mildred Loving, and a white man, Richard Loving. They grew up in Caroline County in rural Virginia at a time when the Commonwealth was one of 16 states that had a law banning interracial marriage.
The couple got married in Washington, D.C. in 1958 but returned to Virginia soon after, where they were soon arrested and charged.
After a long legal battle, their case made its way to the Supreme Court. Their victory opened the door for millions of interracial couples around the country to get married.
After the SCOTUS decision, the Lovings returned home to Central Point, VA, with their three children. And now, 52 years later, the impact of their victory continues to be felt around the Commonwealth and the country.
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