Friday, June 12, 2020
From USA Today:
June 12 is Loving Day, a celebration marking the day the Supreme Court struck down state bans against interracial marriage.
The day is named for the monumental case, Loving v. Virginia, and the interracial couple at its center, Richard and Mildred Loving. The 1967 Supreme Court decision struck down 16 state bans on interracial marriage as unconstitutional.
"Over the long haul, it changes America," said Peter Wallenstein, author of Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry: Loving v. Virginia. "It’s just a stunning case."
In the five decades since the decision, interracial marriage has increased dramatically. In 2015, one in six newlyweds had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity which is more than five times higher than the number of intermarried newlyweds in 1967, according to Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
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