Crossing Borders: Loving V. Virginia as a Story of Migration

27 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2006

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Victor C. Romero

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

Abstract

The struggle of binational same-gender partners today parallels the struggles of Mildred and Richard Loving during the heyday of the Civil Rights Movement - not only in the obvious parallels between race and sexual orientation as barriers to freedom, but also in the way the law uses these immutable characteristics to limit the freedom of movement. It is this freedom of movement - this migration or immigration - that I want to focus on in this essay. Lest we forget, the Lovings' story is, importantly, a story of migration: It's a story of the great lengths to which an interracial couple would travel - physically, culturally, and legally - to win justice and equality.

Keywords: Loving, race, sexual orientation, immigration, migration, borders

Suggested Citation

Romero, Victor C., Crossing Borders: Loving V. Virginia as a Story of Migration. Howard Law Journal, Vol. 51, No. 1, Fall 2007 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=938157

Victor C. Romero (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law ( email )

Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States
814.865.8989 (Phone)

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