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This is the couple who changed American law 55 years ago, when interfaith marriages were banned

This is the couple who changed American law 55 years ago, when interfaith

Mildred and Richard Loving were married in 1958 in Washington - where interracial marriage was legal - then moved to their home in Central Point, Virginia. A few weeks later, the local sheriff broke into their home in the middle of the night and they were charged with violating several Virginia codes, including what made it 'illegal for any white person to marry someone of another race. . '

This is the couple who changed American law 55 years ago, when interfaith

They pleaded guilty and were sentenced to either one year in prison or 25 years deportation from the state.

This is the couple who changed American law 55 years ago, when interfaith

The two chose the latter and moved to Washington where they gave birth to three children. In 1967, they were arrested again during a visit to Virginia.

Mildred wrote to the U.S. Attorney General - a man named Robert Kennedy - for l) help. He sent it to the ACLU (American Civil Authority).

This is the couple who changed American law 55 years ago, when interfaith

And the rest is history: On June 12, 1967, the judges of the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the purpose of the laws prohibiting combined marriages was rooted in racism and violated the Constitution.

This is the couple who changed American law 55 years ago, when interfaith

It took years then, until 2000, for the last state, Alabama, to repeal the ban on interracial marriage. Richard Loving died in 1975. Mildred died in 2008.