Sunday, June 12, 2011

Loving Day: 44th Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia

It's Pentecost.

It's also the 44th anniversary of the landmark Loving v Virgina decision by the Supreme Court that overturned anti-miscegenation laws.   It's Loving Day.

Mildred Loving said,
"I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people's religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people's civil rights."


JCF said...

I also think of my favorite aunt and uncle (now both OBM). Similar to the Lovings, they were a white man (my mom's brother) who married a black woman---in 1965 (two years before Loving). This was in California, so it was legal (California was, famously, the FIRST state to overturn anti-miscegenation laws, in 1948---via the State Supreme Court). But they still faced a LOT of prejudice (inc. sadly, within their own families). But they endured, until my uncle's passing in 1995 (my aunt died last year).

Happy Loving Day, to ALL loving families!

JCF said...

...and I suggest "Come Down, O Love Divine" as a suitable hymn to link Loving Day and Pentecost! :-)