Loving v. Virginia is one of the cases that has come up frequently in the context of the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Richard and Mildred Loving were married in Washington, D.C., in 1958, but they lived in Virginia, where it was illegal at the time for a white person to be married to someone of another race. This episode is the first part of a two-parter, and it gives the background of the Lovings’ relationship and the laws governing race and marriage at the time.