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In the 1980s, Michele Farrell, who is white, was dating an African American man and they decided to look around Port Huron, Michigan, for an apartment together."I had the woman who was showing the apartment tell us, 'I don't rent to coloreds. 26, 1965 file photo shows Mildred Loving and her husband Richard P Loving.

"I have not yet counseled an interracial wedding where someone didn't have a problem on the bride's or the groom's side," said the Rev. The Lovings were locked up and given a year in a Virginia prison, with the sentence suspended on the condition that they leave Virginia.

Their sentence is memorialized on a marker to go up on Monday in Richmond, Virginia, in their honor.

"I was sitting in a restaurant and there was a mixed couple sitting at the next table and they were kissing and they were holding hands," he said.

"They'd have gotten hung for something like 50 years ago and no one cared - just two people could pursue their lives.

Public acceptance is growing, said Kara and William Bundy, who have been married since 1994 and live in Bethesda, Maryland.

"To America's credit, from the time that we first got married to now, I've seen much less head turns when we walk by, even in rural settings," said William, who is black.Currently, 11 million people — or 1 out of 10 married people — in the United States have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U. When the Supreme Court decided the Lovings' case, only 3 percent of newlyweds were intermarried.But interracial couples can still face hostility from strangers and sometimes violence.As one uncle put it to me [I’m Congolese], “If you married a Nigerian, how would you cope if he wanted to retire in Nigeria? Could we really say that relationships would be easier if we were with someone of the same origin? Stop wasting your time; you’ll regret it when you get older. It’s for your own good”, said her mother, adamantly.The Supreme Court's unanimous decision struck down the Virginia law and similar statutes in roughly one-third of the states.

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