Loving Day: 48th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia

Loving Day: 48th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia

June 12 marks the 48th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia, which allowed for interracial marriage to be legalized across the country.

The case centered around a central Virginia interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving. They were married in 1958, violating a state law that prohibited interracial marriage. They both were arrested, and their case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced an HBO movie is being filmed in Virginia about the lives of the Lovings. "Loving is a significant American story that should be told," said McAuliffe.

Today, many now see parallels in the fight back then for interracial marriage and the fight today for same-sex marriage.  The Supreme Court will hand down its decision later this month on the legality of same-sex marriage bans.

Meanwhile, June 12 is celebrated as Loving Day, with events held across the country.

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