Couples Flood Twitter With Heartwarming Photos For Loving V. Virginia's 50th Anniversary

#LovingDay

Yesterday — June 12, 2017 — marked the 50 year anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case ruling, which legalized interracial marriages nationwide after decades of strife.

On that day in 1967, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled a Virginia law prohibiting mixed-race marriage was unconstitutional. This paved the way for Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, to legally marry. The couple, whose story served as the inspiration for the 2016 movie, Loving, had previously been sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia for marrying each other.

To commemorate the landmark ruling and honor the couple who made it possible, many people took to social media to share how their lives have been positively shaped by that ruling using #LovingDay. For some, it meant being able to marry those they love, while for others, the Loving decision is the reason they're alive today. 

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According to the Pew Research Center, 50 years after the Loving ruling approximately 18 percent of cohabitating U.S. adults have a partner of a different race or ethnicity.

The organization also notes one-in-six newlyweds (about 17 percent) were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, which represents a more than fivefold increase from 3 percent in 1967, the year in which the Supreme Court ruled in the Loving v. Virginia case.

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