Virginia's Case: The Loving V. Virginia Case

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The Loving v. Virginia case is major case law for the American people. The Supreme Court overturned anti-miscegenation laws preventing people of different races to marry. Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving were unable to marry in their native state of Virginia due to the state’s anti-miscegenation laws. So, the couple went to Washington D.C. to marry because they allowed interracial marriage. After they were married they went back home to Virginia where they were later arrested. Although the Loving’s married in a state where it was legal, they were still breaking Virginia’s law by living together as husband and wife and their marriage certificate was void in Virginia. At that time, people who were against interracial marriage believed that the children of these relationships would suffer greatly due to identification issues. The children were thought of as the victims of inter-married parents. The Circuit Court judge, who presided over their case, was Judge Leon M. Bazile. He sentenced them to one year in prison but suspended their sentence for 25 years and they couldn’t live in Virginia together or separately within that time or after. Four years after the judge ruled on the case; the Loving’s obtained an attorney and the petition to have the judge’s ruling set aside was set in motion. Eventually, Judge Leon M. Bazile ruled at the hearing and wrote, “Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no…show more content…
The Bill of Rights protects the American people freedom and limits the government’s power and control over us. The first amendment allows us to have the freedom of speech and press without having to worry about persecution by the government. However, I don’t feel as though we truly have that freedom because our press is limited and comes with restrictions.

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