National Loving Day

Category: Diversity
National Loving Day in USA in 2022
Image: Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving CC0

About National Loving Day

How long until National Loving Day?
National Loving Day .
Dates of National Loving Day
2023 USA Monday, June 12thNational Loving Day
2022 USA Sunday, June 12thNational Loving Day
2021 USA Saturday, June 12thNational Loving Day
2020 USA Friday, June 12thNational Loving Day
2019 USA Wednesday, June 12thNational Loving Day
Loving Day is an unofficial national holiday that, much like its name, revolves around affection and strong relationships, but its history is more deeply rooted in not-so-distant racism and segregation in the United States.

Each year on June 12th, Americans remember a key civil case heard by the Supreme Court that would forever change the way Americans were able to find love and marry after more than a dozen states banned interracial marriage.

Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple, married in Washington in 1958. Not all was bliss for the couple after they moved to their new home in Central Point, Virginia.

According to CNN, just a few weeks after the Lovings moved into their new home, the county sheriff entered their home in the middle of the night and charged the couple with violating several Virginia codes, including one that made it "unlawful for any white person in the state to marry any save a white person."

It was also illegal for people to leave the state for the purpose of avoiding miscegenation laws, and such marriages were considered “absolutely void” in the state of Virginia.

Mildred Loving was of African and Native American descent while Richard Loving was white.

The Lovings pleaded guilty and were sentenced to either a year in prison or a 25-year banishment from the state, CNN reported. The couple chose the latter option and moved back to Washington, where they grew their family and had three children.

Five years later in 1967, the couple were again arrested while visiting Virginia.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lovings were inspired by the civil rights movement, so Mildred Loving wrote to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy for help. The couple was referred to the ACLU, which represented them in the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia in 1967.

The Supreme Court eventually ruled that state bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment, which states, in part: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Similar Observances

Read more about Celebrate Bi-sexuality Day

Celebrate Bi-sexuality Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Celebrate Bi-sexuality Day

Read More
Read more about Native American Day

Native American Day

Native American Day is a good reminder to reflect on, and learn more about, the important contributions of Native American people.

Read More
Read more about Polish American Heritage Month

Polish American Heritage Month

Find out the dates, history and background to Polish American Heritage Month

Read More
Read more about Disability Employment Awareness Month

Disability Employment Awareness Month

Diversity Awareness Month is all about opening dialogues that foster an appreciation of the differences that separate us as well as the similarities that unite us.

Read More
Explore more Diversity holidays

Other Observances on June 12th 2022

Read more about Father's Day

Father's Day

Father's Day is a celebration observed in many countries that honours the role of fathers and forefathers.

Read More
Read more about Lovers' Day

Lovers' Day

❤️ This Brazilian equivalent of Valentine's Day comes from Portugal and is linked to Saint Anthony.

Read More
Read more about Superman Day

Superman Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Superman Day.

Read More
Read more about National Jerky Day

National Jerky Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of National Jerky Day

Read More
All events on June 12th 2022