Thursday, June 12, 2008

Today is Loving Day

Yes, it's true. Our country used to tell people who were in love that they couldn't get married, just because some other people were offended. Back then, it was the color of the skin. Politicians and judges argued that such marriages were just plain wrong, that it was necessary to preserve the "racial integrity" of marriages, and, of course, that god didn't want mixed-race marriages.
But, on June 12th, 1967, the Supreme Court made it very clear:

There is patently no legitimate overriding purpose independent of invidious racial discrimination which justifies this classification. The fact that Virginia prohibits only interracial marriages involving white persons demonstrates that the racial classifications must stand on their own justification, as measures designed to maintain White Supremacy. We have consistently denied the constitutionality of measures which restrict the rights of citizens on account of race. There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the Equal Protection Clause.
The last law prohibiting mixed-race marriage wasn't taken off the books until 2000. Meanwhile, bigots of a different kind are busy creating new discrimination laws. But, if you read that paragraph above from ten feet away, it sure sounds to me like the Equal Protection Clause protects all people.

I know that there are some people who are so insecure in their own marriages or in their religious beliefs that, somehow, what other people do threatens them. I think these people need to take a hard look inward, not outward.

My marriage isn't threatened.

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