Friday, June 12, 2009

Loving v. Virginia

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1967 The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declared all US state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. The case centred around Mildred Jeter (a black woman) and Richard Perry Loving (a white man), who were sentenced to imprisonment in the State of Virginia on the grounds that they had married.

The trial judge in the original case, Leon Bazile, had proclaimed that "Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, Malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix."

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