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New Highway Marker Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia Decision

Today (6/12) marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision affirming the legality of interracial marriage in the U.S. In Virginia, a new historical highway marker now stands in dedication to the couple who fought that case.

The new signage sits beside what was once Virginia's Supreme Court. The court, noted Governor Terry McAuliffe, that initially upheld the anti-miscegenation law that triggered the Loving's convictions.

"All they wanted to do was get married, they loved each other, and all they wanted was their state to recognize them and that didn't happen. So this case went up, all the way to the United States Supreme Court and 50 years ago today, that great landmark decision came down."

Loving v. Virginia struck down laws barring interracial marriage in 16 states.