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Echoing Johann Friedrich Blumenbach's 18th-century interpretation of race, the local court wrote: Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents.
Carrico cited as authority the Virginia Supreme Court's decision in Naim v.Richard Perry Loving (October 29, 1933 – June 29, 1975) was a white man, and the son of Lola (Allen) Loving and Twillie Loving. The 1830 census marks Lewis Loving, Richard’s paternal ancestor, as having owned seven slaves. Richard’s father worked for one of the wealthiest black men in the county for 25 years.Richard’s closest companions were black, including those he drag-raced with and Mildred’s older brothers. Richard moved into the Jeter household when Mildred became pregnant. In June 1958, the couple traveled to Washington, D. to marry, thereby evading Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which made marriage between whites and non-whites a crime.They were told the certificate was not valid in the Commonwealth.The Lovings were charged under Section 20-58 of the Virginia Code, which prohibited interracial couples from being married out of state and then returning to Virginia, and Section 20-59, which classified miscegenation as a felony, punishable by a prison sentence of between one and five years.
Their marriage violated the state's anti-miscegenation statute, the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which prohibited marriage between people classified as "white" and people classified as "colored".