But there is another court decision that typically doesn’t receive as much attention in history classrooms or mainstream media. Loving v. Virginia, decided on June 12, 1967, declared that Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute was unconstitutional and ended all race-based legal restriction of marriage in the United States.
The significance of this court decision, however, is certainly not lost on Jason and Williesha Morris, an interracial couple living in the Birmingham area. “It’s a very, very important part of our history; it changed everything,” Williesha said. Because without that case she and Jason may not have been able to marry last October.
Williesha is determined to raise awareness of this case and its importance and plans to start by hosting a Loving Day event this weekend in Birmingham. Loving Day celebrations are held worldwide to commemorate the anniversary of the Loving decision every year on or around June 12.