Postedon May 06, 2008 at 11:51 am
May 6, 2008
Mildred Loving, a black woman whose anger over being banished from Virginia for marrying a white man led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning state miscegenation laws, died on May 2 at her home in Central Point, VA. Just last year, on the 40th anniversary of her case, she issued a statement in support of gay and lesbian couples’ right to marry. (Link)
Postedon May 06, 2008 at 10:50 am
—Mildred Loving on the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia
Postedon May 06, 2008 at 10:29 am
Read Evan Wolfson's full statement honoring Mildred Loving.
Read Mrs. Loving's full statement on the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia.
Postedon Jun 14, 2007 at 03:54 pm
June 14, 2007
Evan Wolfson, the founder of Freedom to Marry, said, "America is involved in a civil rights conversation right now across kitchen tables, courts, and legislatures as people grapple with the questions we have addressed here today. It begins with understanding that real people's lives are at stake."
Postedon Jun 04, 2007 at 03:50 pm
June 4, 2007
June 12th marks the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark Supreme Court decision that advanced racial equality and the freedom to marry in America. Evan Wolfson discusses this landmark case and the celebration to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Loving decision spearheaded by a coalition of organizations including Freedom to Marry.
Postedon Apr 19, 2007 at 02:36 pm
April 19, 2007
When Maryland's highest court heard oral arguments in the lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples in December, James and Colette Roberts paid attention. These Marylanders, married in 1959, could not have done so in the Free State at that time because state law prohibited interracial marriages until 1967. [Link]
Postedon Feb 14, 2007 at 03:31 pm
February 14, 2007
The mayor of Eugene, OR, writes, "This week, I hope the people of Eugene will join me in honoring Freedom to Marry Week, in recognition of the desire of all committed couples, gay or straight, to have their relationships recognized — not in a symbolic way, but in all ways legal, spiritual and philosophical." [link]
Postedon Dec 08, 2006 at 10:49 am
December 8, 2006
Usually the laws limiting the rights of a minority are cloaked as religious prejudices and the desire of some to impose their religious beliefs on others, something that is forbidden in the U.S. Constitution. Forty years ago laws were on the books in many states forbidding interracial marriage. Dire consequences for our nation were predicted if this "terrible abomination" was allowed to happen. In fact it was thought that civilization as we know it would go down the slope of anarchy if inter-racial couples were allowed to marry. (Link)
Postedon Jun 19, 2006 at 03:16 pm
June 19, 2006
"In time, I'm sure state governments will have to accept that millions of gay couples are already marrying in everything but the courts." [link]