Publication Date

Spring 4-26-2011


College of Arts and Sciences


Family and Child Development

Primary Subject Area

Law; Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies; Sociology, Individual and Family Studies; Black Studies


Virginia v. Loving, Marriage, Interracial, Miscegenation


Family Law | Legal Theory | Race and Ethnicity


Prior to the 1967 United States Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia, many states had laws that banned the intermarriage of whites with black or other minorities. Since then, the number of interracial marriages has increased and the attitudes of society have shifted. This thesis uses Loving as basis to explore the ways in which societal views have changed since the overruling of the anti-miscegenation statutes. It first discusses the culture in America before Loving and then, explains the details of the Loving case. This is then followed by a synopsis of how the culture changed after Loving. After discussing the biblical perspective on interracial marriage, the thesis explains how the use of Loving in the battle for same-sex marriage is an improper analogy. The conclusion asserts that the ways in which racism is manifested are different today than before Loving because of the implication of the case and similar cases that came after it.