On this day in 1966, the United States Supreme Court announced that it would hear the case of Richard and Mildred Loving, a mixed-race couple who had married in Washington, D.C., and then were later arrested in their home south of Fredericksburg. Such marriages were then prohibited in Virginia, and the law had been upheld by the state’s highest court. As the newspaper clipping above indicates, Virginia’s attorney general, Robert Young Button, had argued against the court considering the case, saying “it is clear the challenged enactments infringe no constitutional right …”
Not so clear, turns out. In 1967, in Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Virginia’s law.
IMAGE: A detail from page 3 of the Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, Virginia, December 13, 1966 (Access Newspaper Archive)