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Loving v. Virginia

Naomi Thomas, Staff Writer

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1967 was the year that the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Mildred Jeter (17), who was black and Richard Loving (23) a white construction worker had to overcome Virginia’s miscegenation law that restricted marriage between an African-American and a white person. The couple got married in the District of Columbia. While returning back to Virginia, they were found guilty of the law and were sentenced to a year in jail. In an unanimous decision, the Court found no legitimate purpose “independent of invidious racial discrimination”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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