8 Inspirational Love Stories (Slideshow)


Ahh — true love. Whether you’ve experienced it or not, you know it when you see it. Click through for some of the most iconic love stories of all time, both fictional and very, very real! From star-crossed lovers to marriage equality activists, click through for some truly inspiring love stories.

Lady & the Tramp

When a mutt from the wrong side of the track meets up with a pampered purebred, you might think they’d want nothing to do with one another. This Disney classic is among the most celebrated romantic films of all time.

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Brandon Morgan & Dalan Wells

After the overturning of the U.S. Miltiary’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, gay and lesbian servicemember’s were finally able to express their love for the world to see. When Sgt. Brandon Morgan returned from duty in Afghanistan, he was greeted with warm embrace by his partner, Dalan Wells. A photo of the two kissing went viral online, a testament to true love despite adversity.

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Antony & Cleopatra

These two powerful rulers fell in love at first sight, and despite mounting political pressure from around the Ancient world, their love endured.

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Mildred & Perry Loving

Mildred and Perry Loving married in Washington, D.C. in 1967, when interracial marriage was still illegal in their home state of Virginia. They were convicted under the Racial Integrity Act of 1924. Frustrated with their unjust circumstances, the Loving’s took their case to the American Civil Liberties Union, who ultimately took their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court voted in their favor, and ruled that all forms of race-based marriage laws were unconstitutional.

Prince Edward & Wallis Simpson

When the British government objected to King Edward VIII’s desire to marry a twice-divorced American socialite, he voluntarily abdicated his throne. The two remained married until his death 35 years later.

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Shah Jahan & Mumtaz Mahal

When Shah Jahan’s wife died in childbirth, he was so saddened by his loss that he commissioned an ornate mausoleum — what we know today as the Taj Mahal.

Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon

After 52 years together, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were the first same-sex couple to be married in San Francisco by then-mayor Gavin Newsom. With decades of gay rights and feminist activism under their belts, they certainly deserved the honor!

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Romeo & Juliet

The children of rival families, the star-crossed lovers fell in love at first sight. Though the story has a well-known tragic ending, Romeo and Juliet’s true love certainly deserves its honor as being one of the greatest love stories of all time.

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Anteater Ants
Anteater Antsabout a year ago

Dogs... Yes, but why not anteaters?

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla2 years ago


Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 3 years ago

Love stories are always welcome!!!!! The story of the 2 ladies marriage is very sweet.

Nin Iv
Nin Iv3 years ago

What an unusual selection! Although Romeo and Juliet in the end isn't quite my thing, I loved them all. Truly inspirational and romantic

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.3 years ago

LOVE Disney : )

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

Romeo and Juliet? Really? I think not

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

Thanks for the article!

I had never heard the reason for the Taj Mahal before!! That is truly inspirational.

Adelina Z.
Adelina L.3 years ago

"Lady and the Tramp" and "Romeo and Juliet" are the best :3

Danielle Lenz
Danielle L.3 years ago

Gotta love love stories.

Past Member 3 years ago

aww so cute i LOVE lady and the tramp it is a classic from my childhood would watch it all day if i could