Loving v. Virginia , U. Supreme Court that struck down all state laws banning interracial marriage as violations of the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U. It has been the subject of several songs and three movies, including the film Loving. Beginning in , it was cited as precedent in U. The case involved Mildred Loving, a woman of color , [note 1] and her white husband Richard Loving, who in were sentenced to a year in prison in for marrying each other.
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Difficulties Faced by Interracial Couples
Definition: An interracial marriage is a marriage between members of different races. Interracial marriage was historically taboo, as well as, illegal in the United States. This changed in with a United States Supreme Court ruling that placing race-based restrictions on whom one could marry is in violation of the United States Constitution's Equal Protection Clause. This clause is part of the fourteenth amendment. Interracial marriage is also a form of exogamy. In , a couple named Mildred Jeeter and Richard Loving fell in love and wished to marry.
Interracial marriage means marriage between individuals of different races, e. A particularly odious holdover from slavery and Jim Crow in the United States was the fact that marriage between whites and blacks or Asians or Native Americans in other cases was illegal in many states until such laws were struck down by the Supreme Court in As of , 1 in 7 new marriages in the US are interracial. The first anti- miscegenation law in the United States was related to slavery.
Centuries before the same-sex marriage movement , the U. It's widely known that the Deep South banned interracial marriages until , but less widely known that many other states did the same California until , for example —or that three brazen attempts were made to ban interracial marriages nationally by amending the U. Maryland passes the first British colonial law banning marriage between whites and slaves—a law that, among other things, orders the enslavement of white women who have married black men:. As you might imagine, the white nationalist colonial governments did not leave these questions unanswered for long.
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