Voice for Equality: Mildred Loving
February 12, 2009Mildred Loving and her white husband Richard Perry Loving were appellants in the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia. Her case effectively ended anti-miscegenation laws, or race-based restrictions on marriage.
On June 12, 2007, the anniversary of the case Loving v. Virginia, Mildred Loving recalled, "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... The older generation's fears and prejudice have given way, and today's young people realize that if someone loves someone they have a right 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."
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