[Image: Richard Perry Loving embraces his wife, Mildred Delores Loving, in 1967.]
Happy Loving Day! It’s not a national holiday (yet), but 46 years ago today the Supreme Court decided in Loving v. Virginia that anti-miscegenation laws are unconstitutional.
Pictured: Mildred & Richard Perry Loving, the plaintiffs in the case, who were charged in Virginia with a felony under the state’s anti-miscegenation law after they married in 1958. They were forced to leave their home state of Virginia and move to Washington, D.C. after being convicted, but appealed the case all the way to the Supreme Court.