To make a long story short: This is Mr. and Mrs. Loving. They fell in love and decided to get married while living in Virginia in 1958. Well 1958 Virginia wasn’t fond of interracial marriages (if you haven’t guess by now Mrs. Loving is Black and Mr. Loving is White). To get around this pesky problem, the Lovings got married in Washington D.C. where interracial marriages were legal. Virginia wasn’t too happy about that and forced the Lovings apart, and that’s when the legal smack down began! NINE years later (1967) the court decided that the state’s anti-miscegenation law just wasn’t cutting it, so it was no longer enforced and the Lovings were finally recognized by the states of Virginia as a married couple. This wasn’t in just Virginia, either. Sixteen other states could no longer enforce laws to ban interracial marriages.
And that, ladies and gents, is why every year on June 12, my mixed-up heart swells with pride and my amalgamated eyes stream with tears. Happy Loving Day!!
P.S.: Loving Day’s website is a GREAT resource where you can find out more about the Loving’s story, anti-miscegenation laws, interracial marriages, and multiracial civil rights. :)
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