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Loving v. Commonwealth of Virginia - Significance, Interracial Marriage

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Appellants

Mildred Jeter Loving, Richard Perry Loving

Appellee

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)

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

12 June 1967

Decision

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).

Sources

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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