Iam grateful that the United States Supreme Court overturned Virginia’s law byclaiming it was violating the 14th Amendment’s equal protectionclause, which forces all governments to treat every citizen equally whenenacting laws.
Not only was the Loving v.Virginia case in violation of the 14th Amendment, but it wasalso a violation of an America citizen’s basic individual freedoms – thefreedom to be able to marry whoever one chooses. It is interesting to also take into account, that theFramers were most concerned about racial discrimination. Although Loving v. Virginia criticized the racialdiscrimination over marriage laws, the 14th Amendment furthersecures substantive fundamental rights and promises the protection of the lawto everybody. It is incredible to think that it has been so long since the 14thAmendment was ratified, yet its text is still detrimental to our society andremains the most universal and sweeping surety of equal rights in ourconstitutional tradition.
Fourdecades later Loving v. Virginia stillholds impact in America today. The case has become a stepping stone for some oftoday’s challenges with marriage discrimination amongst gays and lesbians. Perry v.
Schwarzenegger is a federaldistrict court case that was held accountable that such a law in Californiaviolated the 14th Amendment, and is now on appeal. It is nice to seethat everyone is now getting a chance to be who they want to be and be with whothey want to be with. Indeed, on June 2015, the White House lit up in rainbowcolors in commemoration of the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sexmarriage. It is amazing to see how much the Lovingv.
Virginia case inspired others to push for change.