RICHMOND, VA-If you’re feeling a little extra lovey-dovey it may be because it’s National Loving Day.
Hey! You're not alone, even we were a bit love-struck by the holiday!
But after we did some research we’ve definitely fallen head over hills!
Just read this love story:
Once upon a time it was illegal to marry someone of a different race.
In 1958, Richard & Mildred loving said “I do” in Washington DC. He was white and she was black.
But, their wedded bliss was blemished just five weeks after the couple tied the knot! The love birds were sentenced to one year in prison.
Interracial marriages were illegal in their home state of Virginia.
Their sentence was eventually suspended on the condition that the two flee their love nest for at least 25 years.
The couple moved to D.C. but it was Mildred’s letter to then attorney General Robert F Kennedy that sparked a change.
On June 12, 1967 the Supreme Court ruled all laws against interracial marriage in the U.S. were unconstitutional.
Well, as they say, ‘love will find a way’ …here’s to hoping it’ll find a way to the supreme court as the nation waits for a ruling on gay marriage.