Film shows interracial pair’s battle for the right to marry

Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in 1958 for violating a state law which, at the time, prohibited interracial marriage in the state of Virgina. (Photo courtesy: The Associated Press)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nearly 60 years after a Virginia couple defied a state law prohibiting interracial marriage, starting a battle that eventually overturned such laws nationwide, their story is heading to the big screen.

“Loving” tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were thrown into a Virginia jail in 1958 for violating the state’s ban on interracial marriage. They fought the law to the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down the Virginia law and those in roughly one-third of the states in 1967.

Mildred and Richard with his mother Lola, Peggy and Garnet on Mildred's front porch in Caroline County. (Photo from Grey Villet via NY Times)
Mildred and Richard with his mother Lola, Peggy and Garnet on Mildred’s front porch in Caroline County. (Photo from Grey Villet via NY Times)

Shooting for “Loving” finished in Virginia last week. It’s expected to be ready for theaters by the spring, but a release date hasn’t been set.

Filmmakers hope to send a strong message about marriage at a time when debates over who should be allowed to wed still linger.

Richard and Mildred watching the races at Sumerduck Dragway. (Photo from Grey Villet via NY Times)
Richard and Mildred watching the races at Sumerduck Dragway. (Photo from Grey Villet via NY Times)

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