A landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down laws banning interracial marriage makes its mark.
The new signage sits beside what was once Virginia's Supreme Court.
The couple whose love and commitment to each other helped end Virginia's law banning interracial marriage was honored Monday with a state historical marker.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, shares a laugh with Richmond mayor, Levar Stoney, right during a ceremony to unveil a historical marker commemorating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down bans on interracial marriage Monday, June 12, 2017, in Richmond, Va.
Loving Day was decided on June 12, 1967 - 50 years ago as of the publication of this article - to allow the legal marriage between Richard and Mildred Loving. In 1963 they obtained help from the American Civil Liberties Union, which unsuccessfully sought to reverse their convictions in the state courts of Virginia and then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which, in the case Loving v. Virginia(1967), overturned all state laws restricting marriage on the basis of race.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe stands next to a historical marker that was unveiled commemorating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down bans on interracial marriage Monday, June 12, 2017, in Richmond, Va.
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Richard and Mildred Loving were thrown into jail in 1958 for violating the Virginia's prohibition on interracial marriage.
The Lovings married in 1958 in Washington D.C. because Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of 1924 made "mixed" marriages a felony offense.
"We honor their courage to stand up for the right to love unconditionally, their strength to endure the struggle against all odds and their tenacity to prove that loving is really what it's all about", Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, said Monday during a dedication ceremony. The ACLU represented the Lovings in court for the nine-year case.
The AP reports that 17% of newlyweds in 2015 were interracial marriages.
Virginia's historical highway marker program, which began in 1927 with the installation of the first historical markers along U.S. Route 1, is considered the oldest such program in the nation. Loving, how did you do that?' She looked up at me and said, 'I just want to get married.' That was her whole motivation.
In 2017, the Academy Awards nominated Ruth Negga for an Oscar as Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in the film "Loving".
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