Mildred and Richard Loving. The Lovings were an interracial married couple who were criminally charged under a Virginia statute banning such marriages. With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Lovings filed suit seeking to overturn the law. In 1967, the Supreme Court ruled in their favor, striking down the Virginia statute and all state anti-miscegenation laws as unconstitutional violations of the Fourteenth Amendment.
The love story that changed history: Fascinating photographs of interracial marriage at a time when it was banned in 16 states
Just 45 years ago, 16 states deemed marriages between two people of different races illegal. But in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, who was white, and his wife, Mildred Loving, of African American and Native American descent. The case changed history - and was captured on film by LIFE photographer Grey Villet.
Almost 50 years after Loving v. Virginia legalized interracial marriage, interracial couples are still marginalized and discriminated against. http://mic.com/articles/120345/11-photos-of-interracial-couples-show-the-impact-of-loving-v-virginia-48-years-later
In 1967, the United States Supreme Court overturned a series of prohibitions and punishments against interracial marriage with its decision in Loving v. Virginia. Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, married in Washington, D.C. in 1958. The two wed following an unplanned pregnancy and chose the District of Columbia in an effort to sidestep Virginia’s prohibitions against “mixed-race” marriages. Within months of their return to Virginia, their union had been…