Missed in History: Loving v. Virginia, Part 1

BY Tracy V. Wilson / POSTED April 16, 2013
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Mildred and Richard Loving Mildred and Richard Loving on Jan. 9, 1965. Their case had not yet reached the Supreme Court. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Loving v. Virginia is one of the cases that has come up frequently in the context of the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Richard and Mildred Loving were married in Washington, D.C., in 1958, but they lived in Virginia, where it was illegal at the time for a white person to be married to someone of another race.

This is the first part a two-part episode. It’s about the Lovings and their marriage, and the events that put them on the path to a Supreme Court case. Part two will get into the Supreme Court case itself and its legacy.

Our listener mail is from Zelda, who wrote a particularly well-timed message to us about racism in “Bioshock Infinite,” along with a request to talk about Thurgood Marshall in a future episode.

Our article we referenced: How the Civil Rights Movement Worked

Episode link: Loving v. Virginia, Part 1

Here’s my research on this one.

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