Chief Justice Ear Warren wrote the unanimous Loving v. Virginia. “To deny this right on so unsupportable a basis as racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment,” wrote Warren , “is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law.”
Thurgood Marshall would join the Supreme Court a few months after the Loving v. Virginia decision. Marshall who married his second wife, Cecilia Suyat who is of Filipino descent, in 1955 was in an interracial marriage himself. In a 2016 Washington Post interview, his widow Cecilia “Cissy” Marshall said that when he first proposed she responded:
“‘No way. No way. People will think you are marrying a foreigner’ . . . He said, ‘I don’t care what people think. I’m marrying you.’ He was so persuasive. So we got married. And, actually, there was no repercussion because people knew me.”
Join us June 10, 2017 at the Mixed Remixed Festival at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia. FREE!