Loving vs Virginia was the seminal 1967 US Supreme Court case that finally recognized that despite a majority of Americans being opposed to it, it was simply wrong to make interracial marriage illegal. And now on the 40th anniversary of that decision, the wonderful Mrs Loving reflects on that time and how it applies to our situation today. You must read and be moved by the entire statement, but I wanted to highlight this part:
Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I donâ€™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 â€œwrong kind of personâ€ 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 peopleâ€™s religious beliefs over others.
Thank you, Mrs Loving, for your bravery then and your wisdom now.
2 thoughts on “Thank you, Mildred Loving”
Hallelujah, sister Mildred.
Naming is destiny… at least sometimes.
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