Saturday, June 11, 2011

All My Loving

Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. -- Martin Luther King, Where Do We Go From Here?

Tomorrow will be the anniversary of Loving vs. Virgina, the 1967 Supreme Court case which declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional.

Yes, in 1967, some states still had laws on their books making it illegal for people of different races to marry.

In 2007, on the 40th anniversary of the case, Mildred Loving, the plaintiff (along with her husband, Richard Loving), broke a long public silence to make a simple connection between her civil rights case and a contemporary one:
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.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group which challenged California's Proposition 8 -- banning gay marriage -- in court, makes the same case in this You Tube video:

In forty years, people will look back at Proposition 8 the same way we look back at anti-miscegenation laws -- in horror that people could ever have been so stupid and cruel, and could have clung to that stupidity for so long. Only Dr. King's long view of the moral universe makes this injustice remotely bearable.


1 comment:

Lucia said...

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it” -George Santayana