Looking Back at a Time When Interracial Marriage was Illegal
May 25, 2009Gainesville Sun
May 25, 2009
Memories of the Perez case were suddenly revived last May when the California Supreme Court overturned the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples, using the Perez decision as a key precedent. The state's midcentury interracial marriage pioneers, including Jeanne Lowe and the Watsons, have been largely absent from the debate, though they do have opinions about it.
Leon Watson said he "couldn't care less" who married whom, and, playfully conversing with his wife, wondered why the Catholic Church that went out on a limb to marry them couldn't marry same-sex couples. Jeanne Lowe, who has three children, one of them a lesbian, said she feels that adults have the right to marry whomever they choose. [link]