Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, October 30, 2020

Loving v Virginia: Lawyer in Famed Interracial Marriage Case Dies

From BBC:

The lawyer who successfully petitioned the US Supreme Court to strike down anti-interracial marriage laws has died at 86, according to his family.

Bernard S Cohen represented the Loving couple in a lawsuit against the state of Virginia in 1967. Their name ensured it would be a landmark case, he told US media.

In a 1992 interview with the Associated Press, Cohen said that while discussing legal strategy with his clients, Mr. Loving simply told him: "Mr. Cohen, tell the court I love my wife and it is just unfair that I can't live with her in Virginia."

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