Tuesday, May 06, 2008

What Marriage Equality Meant in Virgina until 1967

Today's NYT reports that Mildred Loving died at the age of 68 on May 2, 2008. In 1958, she and her husband, Richard, married each other and disobeyed the Racial Integrity Act that had been on the books and enforced actively since 1662.

Of their decision to fight for this change in society, Mr. Loving said in an interview in 1966 “we have thought about other people, but we are not doing it just because somebody had to do it and we wanted to be the ones. We are doing it for us.”

I hope you'll read this amazing story to its finish, but in case you don't here's the end spoiler. According to Douglas Martin who wrote today's article, "Mrs. Loving stopped giving interviews, but last year issued a statement on the 40th anniversary of the announcement of the Supreme Court ruling, urging that gay men and lesbians be allowed to marry."

Did you know ??? that 38 states had miscegenation laws until 1948 when the California Supreme Court overturned California’s law? And did you know that Alabama only changed its constitution to exclude miscegenation laws as recently as the year 2000?

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