Loving. 'Loving' Movie Shows We Still Need Progress on Race - Motto. The film tells the story of Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving.
Jeter was Black and Loving was white. After marrying in Washington, D.C. in 1958, the couple returned home to Virginia. In the middle of the night just five weeks after their wedding, the local police raided their home and arrested them for daring to live as man and wife. Loving v. Virginia. LOVING v. VIRGINIA. LOVING v.
VIRGINIA, (1967) No. 395 Argued: April 10, 1967 Decided: June 12, 1967. Justia U.S. Supreme Court Center. Loving v. Virginia (1967) - Bill of Rights Institute. Loving v. Virginia. MR.
CHIEF JUSTICE WARREN delivered the opinion of the Court. This case presents a constitutional question never addressed by this Court: whether a statutory scheme adopted by the State of Virginia to prevent marriages between persons solely on the basis of racial classifications violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. For reasons which seem to us to reflect the central meaning of those constitutional commands, we conclude that these statutes cannot stand consistently with the Fourteenth Amendment.
Loving v Virginia: What You Didn't Know About Its History. When the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case Loving v. the Commonwealth of Virginia, defendants Richard and Mildred Loving chose not to appear in person.
In 1958, they had been convicted for the felony of miscegenation. As lawyers presented their arguments, 17 states remained steadfast in their refusal to repeal such laws banning interracial marriages. But, though he did not attend the arguments, Richard sent a message to the justices: “Tell the Court I love my wife and it is just not fair that I cannot live with her in Virginia.” The justices unanimously agreed.