Early Virginia statutes refer to "man" and "wife."<quoted text>
The OP said "The legal requirements pre Loving in affected states were: Two partners of opposite sex,"
I simply asked for a law that actually stated that. A "law dictionary" is not a law.
Naturally, it has been understood from its inception that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. Hence, the backlash at homosexual activists' efforts to redefine it.