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Given the importance of Loving in American constitutional law, we were somewhat surprised to learn that no commemorative conferences or symposia had been planned to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the decision. We designed our conference, "Law and the Politics of Marriage: Loving v. Virginia After 30 Years," to fill that gap.

The conference was held at The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, 19-21 November 1997, and was co-sponsored by three institutions, each having a unique and abiding interest in the subject matter: The Catholic University of America, the Howard University School of Law, and the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University.

The goal of the conference, and of the papers it encouraged, was to explore the implications of the Loving decision for Mr. and Mrs. Loving, for the United States in the late 1960s, and for American family and constitutional law today and in the future. This issue of the Catholic University Law Review contains some of the papers presented at that conference. Others are printed in Volume 12 of the Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law, and Volume 41 of the Howard University Law Journal. Read together, they shed considerable light on the history, significance, and contemporary understanding of the Court's decision in Loving.



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