Council of the District Of Columbia
Loving Day Declaration Resolution of 2006
Whereas. In 1958, Virginia residents, Richard Loving, who was white and his wife, Mildred, who was considered black under Virginia law, were married ln the District because interracial marriage was, at the time, illegal in Virginia;
Whereas. The Lovings were arrested and convicted upon their return home to Virginia for violating the state's interracial marriage statute;
Whereas. The Lovings' sentence was suspended when they agreed to leave their home and move to the District;
Whereas. The Lovings found sanctuary in the District, where they raised three children;
Whereas. The Lovings nonetheless appealed their conviction and on June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Virginia interracial marrjage ban law and similar laws in 16 other states;
Whereas, the courage of the Loving family is an inspiration to us all and a true example of perseverance, triumph, and justice in the face of great struggle;
Whereas. The Loving family advanced the cause of the civil rights movement; and
Whereas. Residents of the District continue to celebrate the legal and moral victory the Loving family won for all of us.
Resolved. By the council of the District of Columbia, that this resolution may be cited as the "Loving Day Declaration Resolution of 2006".
Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia recognizes the perseverance and courage of the Loving family, celebrates the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Loving v. Virginia decision, and declares June 12, 2006 to be "Loving Day" in the District of Columbia.
This resolution shall take effect immediately.
I hereby certify that this resolution is true and adopted as stated herein.
Resolution Number: CER 16-284
Date: June 6, 2006
Chairman of the Council
Secretary to the Council