Loving Day

by Christopher Shay | TIME

Mildred and Richard Loving

In February 1961, Barack Obama’s parents did something that was illegal in 22 states and that 96% of the population disapproved of: They got married. In fact, interracial marriage, sex and cohabitation would remain illegal in much of the U.S. for another six years. Then on June 12, 1967, in the case Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down the country’s anti-miscegenation laws, allowing interracial couples across the country to marry.

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