In 1967, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Loving v. Virginia that anti-miscegenation laws are unconstitutional. With this ruling, these laws were no longer in effect in the remaining 16 states that still had them.
The Lovings were a mixed-race couple who were criminally charged under a Virginia statute banning interracial marriage. With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lovings filed suit seeking to overturn the law. In 1967, the Supreme Court ruled in their favor, striking down the Virginia statute and all state anti-miscegenation laws as unconstitutional violations of the as those violated the Fourteenth Amendment.
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