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“The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights that are essential in the pursuit of happiness by free men”. These words were spoken by Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court in the ground breaking civil rights case of Loving v. Virginia in 1967 (388 U.S. 1). The case focused on the interracial marriage of Mildred and Richard Loving of Virginia; at which during this time Virginia had anti-miscegenation laws in place prohibiting interracial marriages. Forty-Five years later, this case has forever changed the way American’s perceive interracial marriages or the integration of different cultures in this country. Now more than ever, marriages across racial and ethnic lines continue to thrive in United States. As interracial marriages become more common, public attitudes have become more accepting. However, even with this progress there are those who oppose such a choice and do not accept these civil unions.

A recent article in the Cornell Chronicle by Ted Bosica suggests that “race plays a vital role in some romance”. Although this may hold some truth, there is one fact that remains. America is made up of all different types of people. Black people live in America. White people live in America. Asian people live in America. Therefore, we are all people! The way our country perceived interracial marriages nearly fifty years ago and the way live today are very different. The Lovings knew this better than most people in their time, they proved that no one can keep their love at bay and that everyone has the right to love. If they had not fought for their right to love, race relations in our country would not be where they are at today. However, as a society, we have much more to improve upon.

Any view of interracial marriages must be taken in light of the current worldview of interracial…...

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