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Loving Day
TypeSecular, unofficial
SignificanceAnniversary of Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia
DateJune 12

Loving Day is an annual celebration held on June 12, the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia that struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states.[1][2][3] In the United States, anti-miscegenation laws were U.S. state laws banning mixed-race marriages. The Warren Court ruled unanimously in 1967 that these state laws were unconstitutional.[4][5] Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote in the court majority opinion that "the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed by the State."[4]

Loving Day is not an official national or state holiday in the United States, despite attempts to make it so.[6][7] A writer for Time magazine in 2010 claimed that Loving Day was "the biggest multiracial celebration in the United States."[8]

According to the Pew Research Center, "In 2019, 11% of all married U.S. adults had a spouse who was a different race or ethnicity from them, up from 3% in 1967. Among newlyweds in 2019, roughly one-in-five (19%) were intermarried."[9]



According to a 2010 article in Time magazine:[10]

The idea for Loving Day came from one person, Ken Tanabe. In 2004, while a student at Parsons the New School for Design, Tanabe created Loving Day as part of his senior thesis. Growing up, he had never heard of the Lovings, and as a person of mixed-race heritage, he wanted that to change. He created a website to educate people about the history of mixed-race marriages and encouraged people to host their own Loving Day gatherings to create an annual tradition for the mixed-race community.

According to the official Loving Day website, the event was recognized by a resolution of the United States House of Representatives in 2007, by a proclamation of the Governor of Virginia in 2015, and by a resolution of the California State Assembly in 2017.[11] In 2024, the website listed 16 privately hosted events to mark the day, 11 in U.S. cities and towns, and five in European cities.[12]

Notable observances


Many organizations sponsor annual parties across the country. To celebrate the holiday, people are encouraged to hold parties in which the case and its modern-day legacy are discussed, in smaller settings such as living rooms, backyards, etc., as well as in larger gatherings.

United States


Other countries


Since 2013,[25][26] Loving Day has been celebrated with an annual symposium at De Balie theater in Amsterdam, organized by the Stichting Loving Day foundation.[27]


See also



  1. ^ Tucker, Neely (June 13, 2006). "Loving Day Recalls a Time When the Union of a Man And a Woman Was Banned". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ Bussel, Rachel Kramer (June 6, 2006). "Love Actually: Talking with Ken Tanabe, founder of Loving Day". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on July 2, 2006.
  3. ^ Gandin Le, Jennifer (June 8, 2007). "Loving Day: It's Not a Hallmark Holiday". The Huffington Post.
  4. ^ a b "Loving v. Virginia". Oyez. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Shay, Christopher (June 11, 2010). "Loving Day". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Make Loving Day Official". lovingday.org. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "'Loving Day' Personified in Presidential Race". NPR.org. June 12, 2008. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Shay, Christopher (June 11, 2010). "Loving Day". Time.
  9. ^ Parker, Kim; Barrasso, Amanda (February 25, 2021). "In Vice President Kamala Harris, we can see how America has changed". Pew Research Center. Retrieved June 11, 2024.
  10. ^ Shaw, Christopher (June 11, 2010). "Loving Day". Time. Retrieved June 12, 2024.
  11. ^ "Our Project". Loving Day. Retrieved June 12, 2024.
  12. ^ "The Day - Find an Event". Loving Day. Retrieved June 12, 2024.
  13. ^ BBC World 24: Our World: Loving vs Virginia, part 3
  14. ^ "Loving Day Honors Mixed-Marriage, Fights Prejudice". June 11, 2010. Archived from the original on June 13, 2010.
  15. ^ "Loving Day Marks 1967 Victory for Legal Interracial Marriage". VOA. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  16. ^ NPR: "Celebrating 40 Years of Loving Day", June 11, 2008
  17. ^ The Washington Post: "Mildred Loving Followed Her Heart and Made History", May 6, 2008
  18. ^ Remembering Mr. and Mrs. Loving. YouTube. June 9, 2010. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  19. ^ The New York Times Sunday Book Review: "The Bluest Eye", Feb. 28, 2010
  20. ^ New York Times "Best Sellers: Paperback Trade Fiction", Sunday, March 13th, 2011
  21. ^ Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival
  22. ^ "Interview with author Heidi Durrow, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky". Psychology Today. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  23. ^ Caroline County Official Proclamation of June 12 as Loving Day Archived October 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ ACLU of Virginia: "Emotional Gathering in Caroline County Celebrates ACLU Case Striking Down Virginia's Anti-Miscegenation Law", Feb. 5. 2012
  25. ^ Official announcement for the first LovingDay.NL symposium on Vijfeeuwenimmigratie (“Five Centuries of Immigration”) website (nl)
  26. ^ Program of 2013 LovingDay.NL symposium on Vijfeeuwenimmigratie website (nl)
  27. ^ LovingDay. "Loving Day 2015". lovingday.nl. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  28. ^ "The Loving Story". Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  29. ^ HBO Documentary Films: The Loving Story Trailer
  30. ^ The New York Times Lens blog, "The Heart of the Matter: Love", Jan. 18, 2012
  31. ^ HBO Documentary Films: The Loving Story
  32. ^ "Documentary Examines US Struggle to End Bans on Interracial Marriage". VOA. May 2, 2011. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  33. ^ Fredericksburg (VA) Star: "Film retells Lovings' love story", Feb. 6, 2012 Archived February 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ "Loving Movie | Official Website | Trailers and Release Dates | Focus Features". Loving Movie | Official Website | Trailers and Release Dates | Focus Features. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  35. ^ "Loving v. Virginia". Virginia Opera. Retrieved June 12, 2024.