Virginia might be for lovers now, but in the 1950s, things were a bit different. Take the case of the Lovings: Mildred was black and Native American, and her childhood sweetheart, Richard Loving, was white. And back then interracial marriage wasn’t just complicated – it was illegal. Since they couldn’t get married in their home state of Virginia (24 states in total), they went to D.C. and married on June 2, 1958. But back home, The Lovings were arrested for violating Virginia’s 400-year-old anti-miscegenation laws, which nullified their marriage. With the help of the ACLU, they challenged that law and won – earning a unanimous Supreme Court ruling that state bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional. Today we celebrate their love story.
So what does Loving look like for you in 2016?
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