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Kennedy to find out if new anti-segregation legislation would allow the couple to travel freely. The fact that Virginia prohibits only interracial marriages involving white persons demonstrates that the racial classifications must stand on their own justification, as measures designed to maintain White Supremacy. There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the Equal Protection Clause [of the U. Although the prohibition had not been recently enforced, the clause prohibited "marriage of a white person with a Negro or mulatto or a person who shall have one-eighth or more of Negro blood." A Mason-Dixon poll conducted in August 1998 showed two-thirds of voters favored removing the ban, 22 percent opposed it and 11 percent remained undecided.
The couple was referred to the American Civil Liberties Union and assigned an attorney. The sample of 806 registered voters contained about twice as many whites as blacks.
The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix." Examples of this specious reasoning still echo in Biblical literalist and creationist circles.
The Lovings moved to Washington in 1959 but they yearned to return to their rural roots.
In the words of Judge Bazile, "Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents.
And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages.
The first anti-miscegenation law in the United States was related to slavery.
Pennsylvania's anti-miscegenation law of 1725 punished free blacks who married whites with a sentence of bondage for life.
An April 2011 poll of 400 Mississippi Republican primary voters asked as part of its survey on 2012 Republican Presidential primary candidates, "Do you think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal? The responses were "Legal" 40%, "Illegal" 46%, and "Not Sure" 14%.
In March 2017, the Pew Research Center analysed secondary sources and conducted 1,778 phone surveys regarding how public opinion of interracial marriage has changed in the 50 years since the Loving v. They found that since 1990, the percent of non-black people who would oppose a relative marrying someone who is black dropped from 63% to 14%, and roughly twice the percentage of Republican/Republican-leaning respondents over Democrat/Democrat-leaning respondents said that the growth of intermarriage is a bad thing (12% to 6%), with opposition being strongest in the 65-and-older cohort (21% across both parties).
In 1958 17-year-old Mildred Jeter and her childhood sweetheart, Richard Loving a 23-year-old white construction worker, drove 90 miles north to marry in Washington, D. because interracial marriage was illegal in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The night they returned to their home in Virginia they were arrested at in the morning and charged with unlawful cohabitation because their marriage certificate was not recognized as valid.