On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down Virginia’s ban on interracial marriages. At the time only 17 states, concentrated mostly in the South, still had anti-miscegenation laws on the books. After the decision those laws became unenforceable.
As with many important Supreme Court decisions, there are a number of resources available if you want more information about Loving v. Virginia. A few are listed below:
- Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry: Loving v. Virginia, by Peter Wallenstein
- Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage, by Kevin Maillard & Rose Villazor
- Map of state bans on interracial marriage
- Oral argument before the Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia
- The Loving Story, a documentary about the case: