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Fifty years after Mildred and Richard Loving's landmark legal challenge shattered the laws against interracial marriage in the U.S., some couples of different races still talk of facing discrimination, disapproval and sometimes outright hostility from fellow Americans."I have not yet counseled an interracial wedding where someone didn't have a problem on the bride's or the groom's side," said the Rev. Kimberly D. Lucas of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.She often counsels engaged interracial couples through the prism of her own 20-year marriage – Lucas is black and her husband, Mark Retherford, is white.The Lovings, a working-class couple from a deeply rural community, weren't trying to change the world and were media-shy, said one of their lawyers, Philip Hirschkop, now 81 and living in Lorton, Virginia.Richard Loving died in 1975, Mildred Loving in 2008 .Currently, 11 million people – or one out of 10 married people – in the United States have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.Even after the Loving decision, some states tried their best to keep interracial couples from marrying.
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