Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Good Old Days???

Happy Loving Day!!!

It was exactly 41 years ago today that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Virginia's anti-miscegenation law was unconstitutional. The case that prompted this ruling was Loving v. Virginia - a case in which an African-American and Native American (Rappahannock) woman, Mildred Delores Jeter, married a Caucasian man, Richard Perry Loving, in the District of Columbia. They got married in DC in order to avoid the Racial Integrity Act, a Virginia state law banning marriages between any white person and any non-white person.

Fortunately only sixteen states had anti-miscegenation laws in 1967. They were: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. So had Barack Obama's parents met in another state and tried to marry in one of these sixteen states, they would have been stopped in their tracks. These are the good old days - yeah right.

Let's celebrate the progress that we've made, and understand how far we have to go, to see each and every person as an equal part of humanity. And let's work to keep the government out of the business of who we love and how we love them. Let's work for true marriage equality.

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