It isn’t Valentine’s Day but it is National Loving Day.
Monday marked the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage.
After 9 years, the case was finally ruled on June 12, 1967, allowing the marriage between Richard Loving, a 23-year old white man, and Mildred Loving, a 17-year old black woman, in a unanimous decision.
The number of married couples with a spouse of a different race or ethnicity in the U.S. grew from three percent in 1967 to 17 percent in 2015, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
A recent survey by the same research center found that only 39 percent of U.S. adults said marriage between different races are a good thing. The survey was conducted from Feb. 28, 2017, to March 12, 2017.
Whatever the statistics show, here are a number of interracial couples that have inspired us in 2017: