What does Loving v. Virginia have to do with the novel Kindred?

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The novel Kindred, by Octavia Butler, is about Dana, a black woman,  her husband Kevin, a white man, and her heritage as a descendant from slaves.  Dana is the result of a family history which included her linage resulting from the rape of her black ancestor by a white slave owner.  The case of Loving vs Virgina is the decision by the U.S. Supreme court which allowed the marriage of people of different races, religions and national origin. 

The character, Dana, keeps being shifted back and forth in time to protect her ancestor Rufus Weylin.  Dana finds herself transported to 1815.  She is responsible for saving the life a Southern slave-owner and he becomes the future father of the first woman "listed in her family records—Hagar Weylin."

The US Supreme Court case Loving vs Virginia was in the 1960's and the novel is set in 1976.  Dana and Kevin are an example of the changes that had taken place in America since the decision to lift the ban of interracial marriages.  Butler juxtaposed this theme, of inter-racial marriage against the life of an African-American in the 1800s and the way the white owners treated their slaves.