Friday, June 12, 2009

A Day for Loving....

Today is the anniversary of the decision of Loving v Virginia (1967), the US Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage on a national level. Mombian quotes a beautiful piece of Mildred Loving's statement written in 2007 on the 40th anniversary of the decision in which she so eloquently speaks of the right to marry.

"My generation was bitterly divided over something that should have been so clear and right. The majority believed that what the judge said, that it was God's plan to keep people apart, and that government should discriminate against people in love. But I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation's fears and prejudices have given way, and today's young people realize that if someone loves someone they have a right to marry.

Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the "wrong kind of person" for me to marry. 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.

I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about."

How appropriate this statement is. Our generation is now so bitterly divided over my right to marry my same-sex partner. Hopefully soon we will see the US Supreme Court once again say "The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men," a "basic civil right."

Journal of a says, "Thank you Mildred and Richard Loving for making a commitment to each other in your love and your lives."


greg said...

That is so amazing. Thanks for sharing.

christina said...

so appropriate. thanks for posting.