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Sunday, June 12, 2011

lot of loving


Lot of loving
Today June 12, 1967 marks a court decision that people of different ethnic back grounds could live as husband and wife.  Here is the story copy from http://www.lovingday.org/the-loving-story


The Loving Story
The Wedding
Loving v. Virginia was an important Supreme Court case, but it was also the story of a real couple. Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving grew up in Caroline County, Virginia. They fell in love and decided to get married. Unfortunately, getting married was not as simple in 1958 as it was today. Mildred was black and Richard was white. There were laws that forbade people of different races to marry each other. This was true in many states, including Mildred and Richard's home state of Virginia. However, interracial marriage was legal in Washington, DC at that time. Therefore, they decided to drive to DC, get married, and return to Virginia to begin their life together.
This proved to be a short term solution. The law in Virginia not only forbade interracial marriage ceremonies, but it also forbade interracial couples from getting married elsewhere and returning to Virginia. One night, while they were asleep, the newly-married Lovings were awakened by the police in their bedroom. The Lovings were taken to jail for the crime of being married.
The Trial
When they went to trial, the judge found them guilty and sentenced them to a jail term of one to three years. However, the judge told the Lovings that he would suspend the sentence if they agreed to leave Virginia for a period of twenty five years. Given the choice between imprisonment and banishment, they chose banishment. The Lovings moved to Washington, DC.
The Legal Battle
The Lovings were able to live together legally in Washington, but they did not have an easy time. They faced discrimination everywhere. They were not able to rent property in most parts of the city, and they were often the target of racist taunting. Also, they were facing the emotional hardship of separation from their families. Life was both difficult and unpleasant for the Lovings in Washington. They were having difficulty supporting their children. In desperation, Mildred sent a letter to Robert F. Kennedy, Attorney General of the United States.
Mildred's letter was forwarded from the Attorney General's office to the offices of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) in New York. They took interest in the Loving's case and helped them find an attorney. Two lawyers, Bernard S. Cohen and Philip J. Hirschkop, also felt that the Lovings were entitled to be married and to live in the state of their choice. They agreed to work on the Loving's case for free.
Their case went through many levels of the justice system and their appeal was denied every time. Eventually their case appeared before the United States Supreme Court. The Court decided unanimously in their favor. Finally, after nine years of struggle, the Loving won the right to live together as husband and wife in their home state. In the words of Chief Justice Earl Warren, "Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides within the individual and cannot be infringed on by the State."
The Victory
The Loving's case not only won them their freedom to love, but it also granted the same freedom to every interracial couple in every state in America. At the time of the Loving decision, sixteen states from Delaware to Texas had laws banning interracial couples. Loving v. Virginia (1967) made it illegal for these states to enforce those laws. This ended a long era of laws that were enforced in forty-two states over the course of American history. These laws did not only apply to black people and white people; many states also restricted relationships with Asians, Native Americans, Indians, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups.
The freedom to love is something most of us take for granted. Like many other freedoms, the right for interracial couples to be together was fought for and won as a part of our civil rights. Many people see this as the longest-lasting part of the legal segregation that used to rule our nation. The Lovings, like Rosa Parks, played an important role in freeing us from laws that punished people for no other reason than the color of their skin.

How I am not all that sure that this applies to dogs and cats but I think that this should apply to all people who love one another. Yes gays and lesbians should be allowed to live as husband and wife.  When it comes to love it is best when it is shared.  I don’t think Christ would condemn them for their love.  Love is not about sex, race of religion.

What do you think?
Have a good loving day. Thank you and god bless

7 comments:

Alpana Jaiswal said...

I agree with what you have written..great post.

Sonia Rumzi said...

Hello Roy. What is your handle on Twitter? I am trying to find you there to post your work and let you know. :)

SJ said...

I had never heard that story Roy and I'm really glad you shared it. Not only is it a pivotal piece of history it is also very poignant in this day and age x

Dave said...

Great post! It's a history that a lot of us don't remember and take for granted.

baldychaz said...

Great post mate, i fear the history taught to my kids is on the pants side. Obsessed with just a few incidents in history and sadly things like this are forgotten ;(

Anna L. Walls said...

I totally agree. What happens within the home (at least in such a subject as this) is no one else's business. No one's. And it's certainly not within the jurisdiction of our nation to dictate matters of the heart.

I am glad you found this. I didn't know such a thing existed, though I suppose I should have at least suspected.

I find it difficult to believe they actually found people willing to go into this couple's bedroom and arrest them, let alone sentence them for up to three years. That's ludicrous.

Kriti said...

So very true Roy! It is none of the world's/ society's business when two people fall in love! No one has the right to judge! What a victory that! Cheers to the Lovings.

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