Essay about Loving vs. Virgina

776 Words Nov 9th, 2005 4 Pages

Can you imagine not being able to share your life with the person you love because of the color of your skin? Well, this was the case for those who resided in Virginia decades ago. Interracial marriages were not allowed in Virginia and sixteen other states due to the adoption of the Racial Integrity Act of 1924. The sole purpose of this act was to completely prohibit a "white person" marrying other than another "white person". Marriage licenses were not issued until the issuing official is content with the applications statements as to if their races are "correct". Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Jeter, a black woman, was not going to let the state of Virginia stop them from being married, so they left
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Therefore, because the state's miscegenation statues punish both black and white participants in interracial marriages evenly, these statues, regardless of their dependence on racial classifications, do not individually discriminate exclusively upon race. Therefore, if the Equal Protection Clause does not outlaw miscegenation statues based on the dependence of racial classifications, do the states really have a right to treat interracial marriages different from "normal" marriages? Since there is so little mention of the embarrassing miscegenation laws in our history, people may consider them merely an additional inconvenience in an unjust, racist, and segregated South. But, miscegenation, which is literally against racial mixing, also forbade unmarried cohabitation, or interracial sexual relations. Aside from illegal lynching, the legal consequences could have been, depending on the state, fines or imprisonment for up to ten years. The marriage could be voided and my children of the union would be illegitimate, losing any inheritance rights. Children by previous marriage could be taken from you by the state, and you and your spouse could be charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and imprisoned. Interracial

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