Loving v. Virginia
388 U.S. 1 (1967)

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U.S. Supreme Court

Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967)

Loving v. Virginia

No. 395

Argued April 10, 1967

Decided June 12, 1967

388 U.S. 1

Syllabus

Virginia's statutory scheme to prevent marriages between persons solely on the basis of racial classifications held to violate the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. Pp. 388 U. S. 4-12.

206 Va. 924, 147 S.E.2d 78, reversed.

Page 388 U. S. 2

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Primary Holding

A unanimous Court struck down state laws banning marriage between individuals of different races, holding that these anti-miscegenation statutes violated both the Due Process and the Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.