These eleven couples, from the United States and beyond, each found their own way of navigating the challenges that interracial couples have faced throughout recent history. Some stories are heroic and others read as cautionary tales. What the couples have in common is a determination to live and love on their own terms. The couple: Frederick Douglass was a former slave who became the leader of the abolitionist movement.
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Before June of , sixteen states still prohibited interracial marriage, including Virginia, the home of Richard Perry Loving, a white man, and his wife, Mildred Loving, a woman of African-American and Native-American descent. Nine years prior, in June , the couple traveled to Washington, D. When they returned home, however, they were arrested and sentenced to one year in jail for violating the state's Racial Integrity Act. According to court documents , the trial judge suspended the Lovings' sentence for a period of 25 years on the condition that they leave the State and not return to Virginia together for 25 years. He stated in an opinion that:. Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents.
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Interracial marriage is a form of marriage outside a specific social group exogamy involving spouses who belong to different socially-defined races or racialized ethnicities. In the past, such marriages were outlawed in the United States and in South Africa as miscegenation. It became legal throughout the United States in , following the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States in the case Loving v. Virginia that race-based restrictions on marriages violated the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.
Paul Holtum , Updated June 17, Attitudes towards Interracial marriage have changed dramatically, in just the last generation. In the United States it was just 43 years ago when interracial marriage was made fully legal in all 50 states. In this particular list I have included only black and white relationships.