And yet this case is also a reminder that history is often more complicated than it looks.
Intermarriage has increased steadily since then: One-in-six U. newlyweds (17%) were married to a person of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, a more than fivefold increase from 3% in 1967.
Virginia case that marriage across racial lines was legal throughout the country.
“I am not black,” she told me during a 2004 interview. Mildred responded, “I’m his wife.” She pointed to the framed marriage license displayed on the dresser.
The document read: “Richard Perry Loving, white, Mildred Delores Jeter, Indian.” The Lovings, who had married in the District of Columbia on June 2, 1958, were in violation of Virginia code 20–54, which declared marriages between “white and colored persons” unlawful, as well as code 20–58, which made it unlawful to go out of state to marry with the intention to return and cohabit as husband and wife.
Nearly three-in-ten Asian newlyweds (29%) were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, as were 27% of Hispanic newlyweds. Among whites, the rate rose from 4% in 1980 to 11% in 2015.
Intermarriage for these groups was especially prevalent among the U. The most common racial or ethnic pairing among newlywed intermarried couples is one Hispanic and one white spouse (42%).Indeed, the case goes far beyond the black-white love narrative begun a half century ago.In some ways, the Supreme Court triumph—the anniversary of which we now mark—did represent the simple victory of love over hate.The Lovings’ lawyer’s assertion before the court that anti-miscegenation statutes were “ the most odious of the segregation laws and the slavery laws” reinforced this assumption.As historian Peter Wallenstein aptly stated in his book , I spoke to Mildred Loving, who died in 2008. I told the people so when they came to arrest me.” At approximately 2 a.m. Garnett Brooks and his deputies barged into the couple’s bedroom. ” Brooks barked as he shined his flashlight on the startled couple.Americans today also are less likely to oppose a close relative marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity.