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ERIC Number: EJ1231701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
The Lessons from "Loving V. Virginia" Still Resonate 50 Years Later
Gillmer, Jason
Social Education, v81 n3 p137-141 May-Jun 2017
The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the Supreme Court's most important decisions on race, justice, and equality. In 1967, the Court in "Loving v. Virginia" held that states could no longer prevent people of different races from falling in love and building a family together. The decision had been a long time coming. For over 300 years, colonial and state legislatures had prohibited whites and non-whites from engaging in sexually intimate conduct and from getting married. In a decision that reverberated across the country, the Court in "Loving" rejected the long-held justifications for these bans, finding that efforts to deny interracial couples the ability to marry violated the 14th Amendment's guarantees of Due Process and Equal Protection. The 50th anniversary of "Loving" provides a valuable opportunity to look back at the history of the laws prohibiting interracial relationships in this try, examine the environment in which Loving was decided, and measure how far we have come since the Court handed down its decision. Now the subject of a movie by the same name, the Court's opinion in Loving has emerged as a key decision in furthering marriage equality and protecting the rights of traditionally marginalized and disfavored groups against overreaching majorities.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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