Not all love is seen as equal in this world.
Before there’s the fight for gay couple to be able to marry in the United States, there’s another fight that’s based on race.
There was a time where interracial relationships were looked down upon, judged and even criminalised. To love someone of another race, you could risk being thrown into prison.
Back in the 1960s, anti-miscegenation laws still existed in the U.S. as a remnant of the country’s ugly history with slavery.
However in 1967, a landmark civil rights ruling by the Supreme Court invalidated laws criminalising interracial marriage.
The case famously known as Loving v. Virginia saw a black woman named Mildred Loving and her husband, a white man named Richard Loving, being sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia for their union.
They were punished because of the state’s anti-miscegenation statute, the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which forbade sex/marriage between people classified as ‘white’ and people classified as ‘colored.’
A judge of their trial even used religion as the basis for their judgment:
‘Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.’
To fight against the discrimination and for their right and freedom to love, the couple decided to file a motion with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.
After a three-year legal battle, on 12 June 1967, the Supreme Court gave an unanimous ruling that all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the country were unconstitutional.
From then on, 12 June is remembered annually as Loving Day.
Going back a few years, when the fight for marriage equality was still ongoing in the U.S., the Loving v. Virginia case was often brought up, whether in public debates or as a precedent in the federal courts.
The story of the Loving couple is the proof that love is love, and love conquers all, regardless of race, religion, sex, and background.
On 26 June 2015, the Supreme Court’s historic decision for Obergefell v. Hodges ruled that restrictions on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, and the rest was history.
Today, every interracial couple, every gay couple, and every interracial gay couple can get legally married, and we have the Loving couple to thank for standing up for their love, and ours.
In the 2016 drama film, Loving, you will learn the love story of Richard and Mildred Loving, and their fight for equality.
Here’s a sneak peak:
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