In 1967 in Loving v Virginia, the Supreme Court overruled the state of Virginia's right to ban mixed race marriages. Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Jeter, an African-American woman went to Washington D.C. to get married and then returned to the state of Virginia, where they were from, to establish their lives together as a married couple in June of 1958. The following October they were indicted for violating Virginia's ban on interracial marriages and in January of 1959 they pled guilty to the charge.
On the condition that they would leave the state of Virginia, the residing judge suspended the sentence for 25 years stating that:
"Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And, but for the interference with his arrangement, there would be no cause for such marriage. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix."
The couple then moved to Washington, D.C. and later filed suit against the state of Virginia. The case was argued in April 1967 and was decided in June of 1967. This historical case required all states to recognize interracial marriages and was a landmark in the fight for Civil Rights and equality.