Monday, June 18, 2007

Tears in My Eyes: Mildred Loving talks about her life & endorses marriage equality

By Diane Silver

I just saw this today, and it brought tears to my eyes. Mildred Loving celebrated her landmark U.S. Supreme Court case on interracial marriage by standing up for marriage equality for all.

Mildred and her late husband Richard were the key figures in the June 12, 1967, decision Loving v. Virginia. The two were arrested and dragged out of their own bed in the middle of the night for the "crime" of marrying each other. Mildred is black. Richard was white.

The entire statement is well worth reading, but here is the money quote.
When my late husband, Richard, and I got married in Washington, DC in 1958, it wasn't to make a political statement or start a fight. We were in love, and we wanted to be married.

Despite the claims of our opponents, that is the same way same-sex couples feel. We marry because we're in love, and we want to make our lives together. Mildred also writes:

Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights.

Amen to that. Thank you, Mildred and Richard, for all you did.

Hat tips to Andrew Sullivan and Positive Liberty.

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