When Mildred and Richard Loving married in 1958, their union was illegal in their home state of Virginia. Mildred, a black woman, and Richard, a white man, were arrested for daring to marry and both pleaded guilty. The couple left Virginia to avoid jail time. They wrote then-attorney general Robert F. Kennedy, and their case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 12, 1967, the court ruled that anti-miscegenation laws (which still existed in 16 states) were unconstitutional.
Loving Day was created to honor the anniversary of the ruling, and every year on June 12, events are held across the country to celebrate the occasion.
Check out some of celebrity couples the Lovings paved the way for!