Inequality In Love Essay

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In June of 1967, a white man named Richard Loving and an African American woman named Mildred Jeter got married in Washington D.C. and then returned to the small town of Central Point, Virginia. After returning to Virginia, they were pulled out of bed at a nightly hour, tied, dragged and sentenced to a year in prison. On October 1958, a grand jury for the Circuit Court of Caroline County charged the Lovings for their interracial marriage because it went against state laws. In Section 257 of the Virginia Code it states that all marriages between a white person and a colored person is voided with no decree of divorce or other legal process ("Loving v. Virginia." LII). The Lovings and their ...view middle of the document...

Virginia rejected the marriage only on the basis of race, which went against equal protection for every citizen of the United States ("Loving v. Virginia." LII). Because the Supreme Court rejected Virginia's view that equal application of their miscegenation racial classifications for all races is enough to overpower the classifications from the Fourteenth Amendment's refusal of all hateful racial discriminations, they did not accept the State's argument that these laws should be upheld if there was any possible support to conclude that the laws serve a rational purpose ("Loving v. Virginia." LII). The 14th Amendment also states that “no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws,” which, theoretically, would prevent law such as Virginia’s about miscegenation ("14th Amendment").
Because of the 8 to 0 verdict on June 12, 1967 the argument against the Supreme Court’s ruling came from the State Government of Virginia. The State Government brought up as an argument the Section 257 of the Virginia Code states that all marriages between a white person and a colored person is voided with no decree of divorce or other legal process ("Loving v. Virginia." LII). Also they mention that Section 20-54 of the Virginia Code also states that interracial marriage is prohibited for white people ("Loving v. Virginia." Law2). The State Government then stated that they were applying the equal protection clause because they were giving both Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving the same charges for their interracial marriage ("Loving v. Virginia 1967." Supreme 601-06). The Supreme Court, while accepting the argument, refuted that equal protection meant that all citizens are equal and have “the right of the pursuit of happiness” ("Loving v. Virginia." LII).
Being ripped out of bed in the middle of the night, Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving were charged by the Circuit Court for breaking the state law that forbade interracial marriage. They were to be sentenced to a year in prison or exiled from Virginia for 25 years. The Lovings then brought the case to...

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