Loving Case Anniversary

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    Jun 13, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    An anniversary we should all celebrate. If you're not familiar with the Loving Case, please watch this report. We have come a long way towards marriage equality. And we will soon go even further. Patience and perseverance, my friends... Patience and perseverance.

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    Jun 14, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    More on Mildred and Richard Loving:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mildred_and_Richard_Loving
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    Jun 14, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    "We loved each other and got married. We are not marrying the state. The law should allow a person to marry anyone he wants." -Mildred Loving.
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    Jun 14, 2011 3:22 AM GMT
    Here's another wonderful statement by Mrs. Loving

    My generation was bitterly divided over something that should have been so clear and right. The majority believed that what the judge said, that it was God's plan to keep people apart, and that government should discriminate against people in love. But I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation's fears and prejudices have given way, and today's young people realize that if someone loves someone, they have a right to marry.
    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
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    This was said in 2007 for the 40th anniversary of their case.
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    Jun 14, 2011 3:23 AM GMT
    I love this interview. I have watched it often.
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    Jun 14, 2011 3:27 AM GMT
    Those against same-sex marriage often use the excuse of "activist judges legislating from the bench" against something the will of the majority wanted (prevention of such marriages). Yet, would any of them admit that it was wrong for the judge(s) in Loving v. Virginia to rule that way?
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    Jun 14, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    creature saidHere's another wonderful statement by Mrs. Loving

    My generation was bitterly divided over something that should have been so clear and right. The majority believed that what the judge said, that it was God's plan to keep people apart, and that government should discriminate against people in love. But I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation's fears and prejudices have given way, and today's young people realize that if someone loves someone, they have a right to marry.
    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
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    This was said in 2007 for the 40th anniversary of their case.
    Thank you. I love that statement as well.

    For those interested, here is her full statement on that date:

    http://www.freedomtomarry.org/page/-/files/pdfs/mildred_loving-statement.pdf