Mildred and Richard Loving On July 11, , newlyweds Richard and Mildred Loving were asleep in bed when three armed police officers burst into the room. The couple were hauled from their house and thrown into jail, where Mildred remained for several days, all for the crime of getting married. At that time, 24 states across the country had laws strictly prohibiting marriage between people of different races.
Five weeks earlier, the longtime couple had learned Mildred was pregnant and decided to wed in defiance of the law. In , they approached the American Civil Liberties Union to fight their case in court. After an extensive legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in June of The last law officially prohibiting interracial marriage was repealed in Alabama in Under his leadership, the country underwent significant economic and social progress, while Ruth was a politically active and influential First Lady.
But first they had to overcome the wave of bigotry brought about by their controversial marriage. For eight years they lived as exiles in England, until the Bamangwato sent a personal cable to the Queen in protest. Their sons Ian and Tshekedi later became significant political figures as well. Much of this work rested on the efforts of a remarkable young man named Arcadio Huang. In France, he soon joined with a number of promising young French scholars to develop a Chinese-French dictionary.
There are very few records of marriages between Europeans and non-Europeans during this time period and many considered such relationships unthinkable. A year later, Marie-Claude died giving birth to their first child and Huang, heartbroken, followed her a year later. Historians have speculated that their unusual marriage was one of the first of its kind. As he gained acceptance into the culture, he taught Spanish combat tactics to the Maya, which are said to have allowed them to drive out the conquistadors.
When Hernan Cortez arrived in the area, an attempt was made to retrieve Guerrero and one other survivor. My face is tattooed and my ears are pierced. What would the Spaniards say if they saw me like this? Go, and God's blessing be with you. Statue of Gonzalo Guerrero guarding over his family. The two met in on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Egypt.
Their love for one another was not received well by the general public, especially in the United States, where racism was still very much the norm. Rhinelander was a white socialite born into a prominent New York family.
Jones was the biracial daughter of a working class couple. In , the two met in Stamford, Connecticut at a clinic where Kip was working through his issues of anxiety and stuttering. The couple had a three-year love affair before marrying in Alice became the first black woman to appear in its pages, and the media swung into action.
Headlines immediately blared the news of the marriage. Kip's estate was ordered to pay a yearly allowance to Alice for the rest of her life. The two never reunited. He quickly gave up his English habits and wardrobe and replaced them with nautch parties and Mughal-style outfits.
As he delved deeper and deeper into the culture, Kirkpatrick converted to Islam and in married Khair un-Nissa, the teenage granddaughter of the prime minister of Hyderabad. A public outrage quickly ensued in Calcutta because the marriage was interracial. As imperialism swept across India, the union became even more of a taboo, especially because Kirkpatrick was the highest-ranking official yet to be involved in this type of marriage.
Upon hearing of the scandal, newly appointed governor of India Lord Rickard Wessesley summoned Kirkpatrick to Calcutta, where he was reprimanded and dismissed from his position.
He went on to have two children with his wife. A few years later, Kirkpatrick decided his children should be sent to England to for schooling and to receive Christian names. They never returned to India. Immediately after they left, he came down with a fever and died around Khair un-Nissa would die of natural causes only a few years later. Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray In spite of the increased acceptance of interracial marriage across the United States, Bill de Blasio, elected Mayor of New York in , is the first white official to be elected into a major office with a black spouse by his side.
McCray is expected to play a major role in de Blasio's administration. While polls show that interracial marriages across the United States are increasingly accepted, some disapproval is still overt: A Cheerios ad featuring a biracial family sparked so many racist remarks on Youtube that comments had to be disabled.
Many celebrate the de Blasio marriage as another significant milestone and hope it will help combat the racism that still exists in a country constantly striving to uphold its cornerstone value of equality.