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If you want a true Valentine’s Day Story, don’t look to Romeo and Juliet – look to the Loving’s and their story of love.

The Racial Integrity Act of 1924 prohibited interracial marriage in Virginia and defined a white person as someone “who has no trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian,” according to Encyclopedia Virginia.

The Loving’s grew up in Caroline County, Virginia, and were neighbors, according to the county’s website. They traveled to Washington, D.C., where interracial marriage was legal, and wed on June 2, 1958.

After returning to Caroline County, local authorities forcibly entered their home at 2 a.m. and arrested the couple, The Washington Post reported. The Lovings pleaded guilty to violating the Racial Integrity Act on Jan. 6, 1959.

Judge Leon M. Bazile then sentenced them to a one-year jail term, which he agreed to suspend if the Lovings would leave Virginia and not return for 25 years. The pair moved to Washington, but were unhappy there, according to the Post.

Wanting to return to Virginia, Mildred Loving wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to ask for his assistance. Kennedy referred the couple to the American Civil Liberties Union, where attorneys Cohen and Philip Hirschkop worked and later represented the couple.

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court declared the Virginia law prohibiting mixed-race marriage unconstitutional on June 12, 1967, which legalized interracial marriage in every state.

Find your true love this Valentine’s Day and find your passion for what you do and who you do life with.  If you don’t want to spend your day with your love, then you might need to call your attorney.  Call us at Winslow Law 843-357-9301.

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