The Lovings: A Case Study

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In Virginia 1958, five weeks after the marriage of Richard Loving and Mildred Loving, two deputies stormed into their house in the middle of the night to arrest the newlyweds (Rothman 2). The Lovings were guilty of breaking the Racial Integrity Act (Rothman 2). Despite their lawfully union in Washington D.C their marriage was not recognized in Virginia, one of the twenty-four states that banned interracial marriage (Rothman 2). The couple spent multiple nights in jail before pleading guilty (Rothman 3). The state judge told the couple that if God had meant whites and blacks to mix, he would not have placed them on different continents (Rothman 3). Consequently the Lovings spent the next five years in exile raising their children until Mildred Loving wrote to U.S Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy,who referred her to the American Civil Liberties Union (Rothman 3).The Lovings would eventually take the case to the supreme court in 1967 where the judges unanimously ruled in the couples favor a ruling that erased the last remaining segregation laws in the country (Rothman 3).Richard Loving stated “[We] are not doing it just because…show more content…
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