Interracial marriages have been legal in most states in the U.S. since the landmark Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia in 1967. Prior to this decision, anti-miscegenation laws existed in many states that prohibited interracial marriages between people of different races. The Loving v. Virginia case struck down these laws as unconstitutional, making it illegal for any state to ban interracial marriages.
But even though it has been legal for over 50 years, race has remained an issue for a lot of people because our ingrained tribal survival behavior tends to exclude people who look different than we do. And, for many, there are social pressures to conform rather than be different. But here’s a story of how sometimes, people overcome all those issues for all the right reasons.
Jeanne Gustavson fell in love with Stephen Watts at Loyola University in Chicago. The woman was head over heels for this man but could not stay with him for longer than a few years because of his race. She thought the handsome, 6′ 4″ man would make a perfect husband but her parents forced her to stay away from him as he was black.
She had a hard time living with regret. The crippling separation anxiety lasted long until she finally tracked him down. The man was now bedridden. The lovers shared an emotional reunion and they still know how much they love one another.
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