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Loving v. Commonwealth of Virginia - Significance, Interracial Marriage

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Mildred Jeter Loving, Richard Perry Loving


Commonwealth of Virginia

Appellants' Claim

That Virginia miscegenation statutes violate the equal protection and the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clauses.

Chief Lawyer for Appellants

Bernard S. Cohen

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

R. D. McIlwaine III

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren (writing for the Court), Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

None (Thurgood Marshall did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

12 June 1967


The previous convictions were reversed.

Related Cases

  • Pace v. Alabama, 106 U.S. 583 (1883).
  • Maynard v. Hill, 125 U.S. 190 (1888).
  • Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923).
  • Skinner v. Oklahoma, 316 U.S. 535 (1942).


Statistical Abstract of the United States 1997. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997.

Further Readings

  • Johnson, John W., ed. Historic U.S. Court Cases, 1690-1990: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992.
  • Lieberman, Jethro K. The Evolving Constitution. New York: Random House, 1992.
  • Seidman, Louis M., Gerald R. Stone, Cass R. Sunstein, and Mark V. Tushnet. Constitutional Law. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1986.
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almost 3 years ago

I am trying to look up a copy of the Virginia Law prohibiting interracial marriages that was passed in 1923.