Click the image for Loving VS Virginia the case that overturned the law against interracial marriage.

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Loving v. Virginia, Richard and Mildred Loving fought against the state of Virginia for their right to be married. photo by Grey Villet,

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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.

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On March 18, 1966, LIFE magazine published a feature under the quietly chilling headline, “The Crime of Being Married.” The article, illustrated with photographs by LIFE’s Grey Villet, told the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a married interracial couple battling Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws.

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The Lovings, not allowed to be legally married in the state of Virginia. In 1967 their case was taken all the way to the Supreme Court where it was decided that no marriage could be denied because of the persons race. Here we are in 2013, let's hope that the Supreme Court does the right thing again, and declares that no two people should not be allowed to be married based on their sexual orientation.

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10 Photos of Interracial Couples Show the Impact of 'Loving v. Virginia' 48 Years Later

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U.S. States, by the date of repeal of anti-miscegenation laws: gray - no laws passed; green - 1780 to 1887; yellow - 1948 to 1967; red - after 1967

10 Photos of Interracial Couples Show the Impact of 'Loving v. Virginia' 48 Years Later

Almost 50 years after Loving v. Virginia legalized interracial marriage, interracial couples are still marginalized and discriminated against.

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