There is patently no legitimate overriding purpose independent of invidious racial discrimination which justifies this classification. The fact that Virginia prohibits only interracial marriages involving white persons demonstrates that the racial classifications must stand on their own justification, as measures designed to maintain White Supremacy.
– Forty-five years ago today the U.S. Supreme Court declared Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute, the “Racial Integrity Act of 1924“, unconstitutional, thereby ending all race-based legal restriction on marriage in the United States.
The high court ruled that Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute violated both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Ted Olson and David Boies, co-counsel in the Prop. 8 case, talk about Loving v. Virginia and its impact on the fight for marriage equality in this video from last year.