Happy Loving Day 6-12-14!
This past Thursday marked the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia, in which all anti-miscegenation laws were struck down as unconstitutional. It is humbling for my spouse and I to realize that it wasn’t so long ago that our marriage was invalid in 16 states, that we couldn’t have married in either of our home states, and that the love and commitment that made our family could have landed us both in jail.
When I was confirmed, I accepted my baptismal covenant claimed when my mom promised me to God. If there is anything in this world that has spoken to me of the divine, it is the fruit that has bloomed in my life since two foolish people promised themselves to one another seventeen years ago.
As someone who has known the grace that comes with being joined in marriage, I have been a supporter of marriage equality since long before there were equal signs sprouting on the internet. The elimination of the bans on interracial marriage was the first marriage equality barrier our nation crossed. I'm glad we did, and I'm glad we didn't stop there.