1967 Love V. Virginia Case Study

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Within our Nation, interracial interaction hasn’t been the most forthcoming to equality and letting go of discrimination and segregation. After the Civil Rights Movement, certain aspects have gotten better towards the government changing and adding amendments and laws to make sure everyone had equal opportunities regardless of race, but there are still some state and local agencies that haven’t grasped the idea of equality among all. An example of this is the 1967 Love v. Virginia case that tried to incarcerate two individuals simply because they were an interracial married couple which violated the Fourteenth Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause under Due Process. In 1958, two residents of Virginia, Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard …show more content…

Virginia was claimed to be one of the 16 states that adopted the 1924 Racial Integrity Act which essentially had absolute prohibition against marriage licenses of a “white person” marrying other races besides another “white person”. So as the case went on after another conviction, the main idea question comes up to be did Virginia 's anti-miscegenation law in fact violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment? When the Lovings got back to Virginia, the trial continued but on a much larger scale due to the Supreme Court getting involved to discuss whether or not the federal laws should correspond with state rules when it comes to marriage, and what the true meaning of Equal Protection Clause is and since the convictions aren’t directed towards one race in particular but to two different ones; so they (courts from Virginia) felt there was no discrimination present, and therefore no harm done towards violating the Equal Protection

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