Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Marriage and Loving

Today the Supreme Court takes up the issue of gay marriage, and strangely the conservatives aren't arguing for state rights, instead the argument is the opposite.  At the same time, the Supreme Court of Mexico recently ruled in favor of gay marriage, citing two US Supreme Court Cases, including Loving v. Virginia, which I wrote about on it's 45th anniversary.

But today I think it might be worthwhile to reiterate Mildred Loving's words about her famous case and about marriage:
"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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