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The Loving’s Love Story That Led to the Lift of Interracial marriage ban as portrayed by Loving Film

The movie “Loving” opened in theatres in November 2016, was written and directed by Jeff Nichols.

It’s a story about the case that reversed court rulings on interracial marriages ban, in 1967.The story showcases the lives of Mildred and Richard during the Loving v. Virginia case, and their enduring love story.


Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, native Virginia residents, drove from their homes to Washington DC to get married. On the night of their return from Washington, authority officers were ordered to arrest the couple for their invalid marriage certificate. The marriage that took place in 1958 would lead to a decade long of struggle to legalize their marriage, with the involvement of their three children.


Richard, portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Mildred, portrayed by Ruth Negga, integrate a substantial solidity to their union. The film’s focus on the marriage partially displays the struggle and impact of the Loving’s case, as reported on case landmarked the revolution of the segregation by Jim Crow and inspiring the fight for same-sex marriages.


The ruling overrules the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause, hence eliminating the ban on interracial marriages.


Peter Wallenstein, the Virginia Tech historian, wrote that interracial marriage bans remained in the records even in the 1960s when most states had lifted the law. The ’64 Civil Rights Acts and Voting Rights of ‘1965 were not part of the Jim Crow segregation during the revision of the marriage ban. The marriage ban was the last to go, after three years of lifting the revising the Civil Rights Act.


After writing to General Robert F. Kennedy, Mildred Lovings received a reference to the American Civil Liberties Union. There she gained attorney representations to file the lawsuit in court.

The Supreme Court ruled that marriage is an essential and vital union in the society that should not have restrictions on individuals, based on racial profiling. Earl Warren, the then Chief Justice, wrote that the right to marry a person of another ethnic background is not permission to be granted by the State Law.


The film correctly displays the intimate nature of the couple and family, and their constant anxiety of an impending to find them guilty.


Mildred Loving’s unwavering follow up on her letter to the Attorney General created an avenue for interracial integration in more ways than just the legislated marriage.