Loving v. Virginia

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    Jun 12, 2014 5:09 PM GMT
    http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2014/06/12/65107#1967

    On June 12th, 1967, the Supreme Court struck down Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws as well as anti-miscegenation laws in 15 other states.

    Richard, who died in a car accident in 1975 and Mildred, who dies in 2008, were not political people. They simply wanted to be able to marry the person they loved.

    "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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    Jun 12, 2014 5:57 PM GMT
    I just saw that movie on Netflix! Really fascinating.
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    Jun 12, 2014 6:02 PM GMT
    Must celebrate the fact that Mr. Loving did not let "preference" stand in the way of finding and loving his soul mate.
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    Jun 12, 2014 6:41 PM GMT
    I thought the movie was excellent as well and NEEDS to be seen by every high school student in this country, as well as college students. Hell, everyone in this country needs to see that movie and hear their story.

    And it is indeed praise worthy the love that Mildred and Richard inadvertently "shared" with the world.
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    Jun 12, 2014 6:50 PM GMT
    Indeed. The holding in Loving was as follows (both citations are from Chief Justice Warren's writing for the unanimous decision of the court):

    "To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the (1) 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. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious (2) RACIAL discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State."

    "There is patently no legitimate overriding purpose independent of invidious (3) RACIAL discrimination which justifies this classification. The fact that Virginia prohibits (4) ONLY INTERRACIAL marriages involving (5) WHITE persons demonstrates that the (6) RACIAL classifications must stand on their own justification, as measures designed to maintain (7) WHITE SUPREMACY."

    It will be this case which is cited when "we" eventually get to SCOTUS.

    (1) RACIAL: Replace with "SEXUAL";
    (2) RACIAL: Replace with "SEXUAL";
    (3) RACIAL: Replace with "SEXUAL";
    (4) ONLY INTERRACIAL: Replace with "ONLY HOMOSEXUAL";
    (5) WHITE: Replace with "HOMOSEXUALS"; (see how internally inconsistent they will be to argue against this?)
    (6) RACIAL: Replace with "SEXUAL";
    (7) WHITE SUPREMACY: Replace with something like "the oppression of the dominant culture over that of the minority, which oppression is directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment."