loving-vs-virginia

“48 years ago the US Supreme Court struck down laws banning interracial marriage. This month, it may rule in favor of full marriage equality. We celebrate the Lovings and all who fought for the right to love.”

As seen on the  Southern Poverty Law Center Facebook page

“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.“

Mildred Loving 

“I think it’s the most beautiful love story in American history. There is a simplicity to the story and the people involved that cuts through any political or social agendas. Their position was easy to understand, they wanted to be left alone. That was beautiful to me, it went beyond the entrenched modes of thought and opinion that people have about interracial marriage. The Lovings debunked that, and I felt that the purity of their relationship pierced the issue without politics. It was two people who loved each other, I think most people can understand that core.”

“That guy [Joel Edgerton] deserves an Oscar. And I love Ruth Negga. She’s a tremendous actress. He deserves an Oscar. She REALLY deserves an Oscar. I can’t wait for people to see this movie.”

–  "Loving” writer/director Jeff Nichols

Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. 

-Loving v. Virginia, June 12, 1967

My Other Parents, my Emergency Backup Parents, were married October 12, 1968. They lived in New York, not Virginia, and they weren’t first in line at the courthouse, but it was still a fresh and new thing. 

My sister and her husband were married April 19, 2008, in the same tiny 99.7% white college town in upstate NY where my Other Parents met. Nobody batted an eye.

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. 

-Obergefell v. Hodges, June 26, 2015

The funny thing is, I will almost certianly never get married–or at least, not any more married than I am now (although we’ve been talking about living together, ish, maybe, in the future). But to know that I have the right–to know that my kind of love is recognised as valid and real–to know that Girl Weasley can marry the woman she loves and nobody will bat an eye–

I am not yet tired of marriage equality.

From Progress Iowa

“Banning slavery. Banning segregation. Recognizing marriage equality. Iowa has been ahead of the curve, and first in the nation for equality – SHARE to show your Iowa Pride!” 

Iowa also legalized interracial marriage in 1851, 116 years before the U.S. Supreme Court “Loving vs. Virginia” decision in 1967.

More info on Iowa’s progressive history

Las fotos de los Loving, la pareja que logró que EE UU admitiese los matrimonios interraciales

  • Después de años de litigio, los Loving lograron que el Supremo derogase en 1967 las leyes que prohibían el matrimonio entre personas de distinta raza.
  • Mildred, negra, y Richard, blanco, vivían en Virginia, uno de los 16 estados que consideraban delictivo el enlace interracial.
  • El fotógrafo sudafricano Grey Villet convivió con la pareja y sus tres hijos.

On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores the groundbreaking case of Loving vs. State of Virginia. It’s the 1967 case that made it legal for Richard and Mildred Loving (and interracial couples throughout the United States) to marry.

Then, we revisit Alex Thibodeau’s story of finding identity while growing up biracial in Detroit. His father was absent, and growing up, he tried to figure out what it meant to “be black.”

We also hear audio captured by Audra from her trip to New Mexico. She talks to Chris and Bird, two people who are learning that sometimes our differences can make our relationships stronger.

Practically Speaking airs fresh episodes Fridays and Saturdays at 11am CST on vocalo.org, and over the air at 89.5fm and 90.7fm in Chicago. Visit vocalo.org and press play.

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We may lose the small battles, but win the big war.

Watch below the official trailer for Jeff Nichols’ acclaimed Loving, a drama that follows the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (played by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), an interracial couple sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.

Inspired by Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story, the film will chronicle the couple’s ordeal, as they were thrown into jail, and exiled from their home state of Virginia; for the following nine years, Richard and Mildred fought for their marriage and the right to return home as a family. Their fight led to the seminal 1967 civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia, which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. 

Michael Shannon, Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Bill Camp, and Marton Csokas co-star.

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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.
—  Mildred Loving
pinknews.co.uk
BREAKING: First challenge to SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling goes to court
The first attempt at a challenge to the US Supreme Court's ruling in favour of same-sex marriage will go to court on Monday.

A Kentucky county clerk plans to argue that she should be exempt from performing same-sex weddings due to her Christian faith.

Same-sex weddings have begun across the US since the Supreme Court ruled two weeks ago that marriage is a constitutional right for all Americans, straight or gay.

A lawsuit has been filed against the clerk, Kim Davis, by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Other clerks have also thrown their support behind Davis, a Rowan County clerk, sparking a debate as Christians demand that they be exempt from performing same-sex marriages.

Some have pointed out similarities between this case, and the 1967 Supreme Court ruling Loving v. Virginia striking down laws against interracial marriage.

Southern states saw waves of resistance against the Loving vs Virginia ruling, which took some time to fade.

wjtv.com
First challenge to legal same-sex marriage in court this week
The first test of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage begins Monday in a Kentucky courtroom, where a county clerk plans to argue that her Christian faith prevents her from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

The case is reviving memories of the Supreme Court’s 1967 ruling in Loving vs. Virginia striking down laws across the country forbidding interracial marriage. Waves of resistance that rippled across the South then took years to dissipate.

Legal experts suggest history might hint at how the coming months will unfold, as some defiant clerks refuse to abide by the gay marriage ruling.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. Other clerks have rallied behind her, demanding the government protect Christians from having to issue gay marriage licenses.

So there is a new movie coming out called Loving about Loving Vs Virginia (A Supreme Court case challenging Virginia’s law against interracial marriage) but it’s so obviously aimed at straights like the tag line is “What would you do if it was illegal to marry the person you loved most?” Like, until a year ago same sex couples couldn’t get married everywhere in the USA, like love being illegal isn’t something from last century it’s a modern occurrence.