In addition to calling marriage a basic civil right, the Court stated, “Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.” During the height of the civil rights movement, not only did laws change regarding interracial marriage but public views did as well.That the public was slowly embracing interracial unions is evidenced by the theatrical release of a 1967 film based entirely on an imminent interracial marriage, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

When slavery of blacks became institutionalized in the U.

S., however, anti-miscegenation laws surfaced in various states that barred such unions, thereby stigmatizing them.

When authorities discovered them, they were again arrested.

This time they appealed the charges against them until their case made it to the Supreme Court, which ruled in 1967 that anti-miscegenation laws violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

The raping of African-American women by plantation owners and other powerful whites during this period have cast an ugly shadow on relationships between black women and white men.

On the flip side, African American men who so much as looked at a white woman could be killed, and brutally so. Taylor describes the fear that interracial relationships invoked in the black community in the Depression era south in "Let the Circle Be Unbroken," a historical novel based on her family’s real-life experiences.Address any concerns they have about your new mate as calmly and clearly as possible.Of course, you may end up deciding to agree to disagree with your family about your relationship.After returning to their home state of Virginia, the Lovings were arrested for breaking the state’s anti-miscegenation laws but were told the one-year prison sentence given to them would be dropped if they left Virginia and did not return as a couple for 25 years.The Lovings violated this condition, returning to Virginia as a couple to visit family.“The whole world cannot keep me from marrying Alessandro. If not, it’s best to find a mate of whom your family approves.