Interracial marriages were banned in Virginia and other 15 states in 1924. In 1958 Loving spouses were arrested when they came back after the marriage in Washington, D.C. to Virginia. They were not aware that their marriage (he was white and she was colored) was illegal in their state. The Lovings were pleaded guilty but they avoided jail by agreeing to leave Virginia. The spouses went to Washington, D.C. and started legal action. They won the trial in 1964 when the American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion on behalf of the Loving spouses on the ground that their status was violated contrary to the Fourteenth Amendment.
On June 12, 1967 the Supreme Court of the USA unanimously made the decision that struck down the law that prohibited marrying person of another race. This could not be construed as racial discriminatory.
Today Loving Day is celebrated in memory of that case. It aims fighting with racial prejudices. This holiday is unofficial, but the efforts are made to convince the President to give it an official status.Remind me with Google Calendar
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