Loving .vs. Virginia

By ; Carllee & Amber

The Case of "loving v. Virginia" was argued on April 10, 1967, and decided on June 12, 1967. The case was based off of The state of Virginia enacting laws making it a felony for a white person to intermarry with a black person or a black person to intermarry with a white person.

Mildred Jeter, a negro woman, and Richard loving, a white man, were married in the District of Columbia pursuant to its laws. Shortly after their marriage, the loving's returned to Virginia and established their marital abode in Caroline County. This violated Virginia ban on interracial marriages. On January 6,1999, the Lovings pleaded guilty to charge, and were sentenced to one year in jail, however the trial judge suspended the sentence for a period of time and sentenced the Lovings to leave the state and not return back to Virginia for 25 years.

As a punishment for marriage; If any white person was to intermarry with a colored person, or any colored person marry a white person, they would be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by confinement in a prison for not less than one nor more than five years.

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