- June 12, 2015
Today, we recognize the 48-year anniversary of Loving v. Virginia.
The historic Supreme Court case struck down state’s interracial marriage bans. While the case was ruled on in 1967, its legacy lives on today.
Mildred Loving, a black woman, and her husband Richard Loving, a white man, were sentenced to prison because their marriage violated Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute.
The Court’s decision, authored by Chief Justice Earl Warren, was unanimous, striking down all race-based legal restrictions on marriage.
Warren wrote, “Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival.... To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law.”