Freedom to Marry Honors Mildred Loving Upon Her Passing

Freedom to Marry mourns the loss of Mildred Loving, a plaintiff along with her husband, in the historic 1967 case Loving v. Virginia which ended race discrimination in marriage in the United States. By simply getting married, Mrs. Loving became a civil rights leader and helped end restrictions on the freedom to marry in the historic court case bearing her name, and went on to speak out for that same freedom to marry for all loving couples, gay and non-gay. Just last year, upon the 40th anniversary of the Loving decision, Mildred Loving made a statement in support of the ongoing struggle for the freedom to marry.

Read Evan Wolfson's full statement honoring Mildred Loving.
Read Mrs. Loving's full statement on the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia.

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Freedom to Marry Honors Mildred Loving Upon Her Passing

Mrs. Loving Stood Up for Her Love and Won Equality in 1967; Added Her Voice to Today’s Struggle for Equality

May 5, 2008 —Freedom to Marry issued the following statement today from Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, upon the passing of Mildred Loving, a plaintiff along with her husband, in the historic 1967 case Loving v. Virginia which ended race discrimination in marriage in the United States:

“Freedom to Marry mourns the loss of Mildred Loving, a woman of faithful conviction and an open heart. Called to civil rights leadership through the simple act of getting married, Mrs. Loving helped end restrictions on the freedom to marry in the historic court case bearing her name, and went on to speak out for that same freedom to marry for all loving couples, gay and non-gay.

Just last year, upon the 40th anniversary of the Loving decision, Mildred Loving made a statement in support of the ongoing struggle for the freedom to marry:

'When my late husband, Richard, and I got married in Washington, DC in 1958, it wasn't to make a political statement or start a fight. We were in love, and we wanted to be married.

...Not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, 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.

...I am proud that Richard's and my name are 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.'
(Read Mrs. Loving's full statement here.)

Mrs. Loving’s actions remind us all of the power of love and the basic human right to choose the person whom you wish to marry. She will be remembered as an embodiment of our country's historic commitment to freedom, the pursuit of happiness, and equal justice for all. Our thoughts are with her family today.”

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Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Launched in 2003, Freedom to Marry is headed by Evan Wolfson, nationally recognized as a central "architect of the marriage equality movement." Freedom to Marry guides and focuses this social justice movement on a nationwide level, serving as a strategy and support center for national, state, and local partners, a catalyst that drives and shapes the national debate on marriage equality, and an alliance-builder fostering support from non-gay allies.

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Canadian gay couple struggles with U.S. red tape

Washington Blade
May 2, 2008

A gay Canadian couple regret their move to the U.S. last year because they face visa and border-crossing problems that wouldn’t exist if they were able to marry in the U.S. (Link)

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Gay Marriage Costs Him Citizenship

Time Magazine
May 2, 2008

A Frenchman married in Netherlands loses his French citizenship because his spouse is a man. (Link)

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Box Turtle Bulletin
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Same-sex divorce case takes a new turn

Providence Journal
May 1, 2008

Following a state Supreme Court ruling which said a Rhode Island same-sex couple who got married in Massachusetts couldn’t get divorced in Family Court, one of the women is asking if she can get divorced in another state court — Superior Court. (Link)

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Big bucks seen in CA anti-marriage amendment battle

Bay Area Reporter
May 1, 2008

Concerning the pending anti-marriage constitutional amendment in California, pollster Ben Tulchin said, "It's going be a tough campaign, but based on the polling we've done the folks who are against [the anti-marriage amendment] have a very good chance of defeating it in November [but] will need a well-funded campaign ... to tell voters why this thing is so bad." (Link)

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Group pushing anti-gay referendum

Windy City Times
April 30, 2008

An anti-gay group is collecting signatures in Illinois to place a non-binding referendum on the November 2008 ballot against marriage, something they tried and failed to do in 2006. (Link)

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Gay Dems working to re-elect San Diego’s GOP mayor

Washington Blade
May 1, 2008

Gay Democrats are working to re-elect straight Republican San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders who emotionally stood up for marriage equality in late 2007. (Link)

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Australia to remove gay discrimination from 100 laws

Associated Press
April 30, 2008
Australia's new government plans to eliminate discrimination against gay couples in more than 100 laws, but even those in favor said it should go further and end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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