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Looking back at the Loving v. Virginia case

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Mildred Loving and her husband Richard P. Loving are shown in this January 26, 1965 file photograph. ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Prop 8 case in just a matter of weeks. That decision could determine whether states have the right to ban same-sex marriages. 46 years ago today, the court made another landmark ruling regarding marriage in a case known as Loving v. Virginia

The case was brought by a married couple, appropriately named Richard and Mildred Loving. They were convicted in their home state of Virginia of violating laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

Those laws were determined to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in a 1967 decision.

Philip Hirschkop was a young lawyer just a couple years out of law school when he represented the Lovings in this case. He joins the show  with more. 

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