The 1967 Court Case Of Loving Vs Virginia

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This film was historically significant because it reminded America of the 1967 court case Loving v. Virginia. This landmark civil rights decision of the United States Supreme Court used the fourteenth Amendment to negate the previous laws forbidding interracial marriages. Mildred and Richard Loving pleaded guilty at a hearing in a Virginia state court in 1959, for disobeying Section 20-58 of the Virginia state code, which made it illegal for a “white” person and a “colored” person to return as man and wife after leaving the state to be married. The determined punishment, for violation of said law, was imprisonment in the state penitentiary for one to five years. The Lovings were sentenced to one year in jail, although it was suspended on …show more content…

Virginia. This landmark civil rights decision of the United States Supreme Court used the fourteenth Amendment to negate the previous laws forbidding interracial marriages. Mildred and Richard Loving pleaded guilty at a hearing in a Virginia state court in 1959, for disobeying Section 20-58 of the Virginia state code, which made it illegal for a “white” person and a “colored” person to return as man and wife after leaving the state to be married. The determined punishment, for violation of said law, was imprisonment in the state penitentiary for one to five years. The Lovings were sentenced to one year in jail, although it was suspended on the condition that the couple leave the state immediately and not return for 25 years. Having established residency in Washington, D.C., the Lovings filed a lawsuit in November 1963, seeking to overturn their offenses based on the inconsistencies of the Virginia state code. After the state court rejected the Lovings’ challenge, the case was accepted for review by Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals, which upheld the constitutionality of 20-58 and 20-59 but revoked their sentences because according to them, the condition under which they were suspended was

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