Inter racial marriages final paper

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Interracial Marriages: We've Come a Long Way By: Oscar Bishop Eng. 102 Professor Paul Wiltz September 10, 2013
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Introduction Did you know that on August 4th, 1961, when President Barack Obama was born, it was illegal in 22 states for people of different races to be married (Frank, 2008)? Inter- racial couples in love had to hide what we find to be common just half a century later. Even though it still goes against some cultural beliefs, inter-racial marriages are more accepted and occur more frequently because of changes in laws and transformations in public attitudes. Body As our country is up in arms over the idea of same-sex marriage with it being legal in some states and not in others, one cannot help but be reminded of a similar issue that was facing the country fifty years ago. The case that changed it all then started with a white man by the name of Richard Loving and the love of his life, a black woman by the name of Mildred Jeter (Ram, 2009) . In 1958, this couple decided to get married in the District of Columbia (Ram, 2009) . This couple later decided to return to their home state of Virginia. After returning home, they were arrested and charged with violating the Commonwealth of Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws (Ram, 2009) . The Loving couple pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in prison unless they agreed to leave the state (Ram, 2009) . After again relocation back to the nation's capital, the Lovings made the decision to appeal their case. Although the State of Virginia upheld the lower courts decision, the decision that eventually came down from the Supreme Court would come to change the nation forever. In 1967, the US Supreme Court determined that all anti- miscegenation laws were a violation of each citizen's Fourteenth Amendment rights. The outlawing of miscegenation laws was a huge step for the United States of
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America. President Barrack Obama recognized the importance of the changes that have been made in this country, even if he did not have all of his facts correct. In an interview with theadvocate.com in April of 2008, Obama was quoted as saying, "I'm the product of a mixed marriage that would have been illegal in 12 states when I was born." (Frank, 2008). The truth of the matter is that it was actually illegal in 22 states for his parents to be married at the time of his birth. In fact, of the fifty states that make up the US there
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  • Spring '10
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  • Miscegenation, President Barrack Obama, inter-racial marriages

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