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Mildred Loving’s Legacy: Everyone in Love Deserves to the Right to...

Mildred Loving was the female half of the seminal court case Loving v. Virginia wherein the Supreme Court found anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional. She passed away on May 5, 2008. She never intended to be a political figure or stand for anything but when confronted with not having the right to marry Richard Loving, she and Richard took their case to the highest court in the land and won.

Mildred believed that everyone who loved deserved the right to marry that person, regardless of sex.

I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.

You know what I can’t wait to see? The gay marriage of convenience story! Is that out there?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Evecho
    May 07, 2008 @ 21:47:10

    Now there’s an idea. I’ve read variations of the theme in lesbian fiction though.


  2. (Jān)
    May 07, 2008 @ 23:24:32

    I’ve read fan fiction of the sort, wherein two men marry so one doesn’t have to marry some woman, and they end up falling in love.

    At any rate, I hope Ms. Loving’s dream comes true very soon. Maybe under the next administration. ^_^

  3. (Jān)
    May 09, 2008 @ 15:09:32

    OMG, I just got a stack of yaoi novels and the first one I picked up had this blurb:

    “Edward, an English nobleman, is every bit the handsome prince – except he doesn’t have a damsel in distress. After finding out his late father’s will stipulates that Edward must be married by the time he reaches age 26 or risk losing control of the family fortune, Edward’s relatives have been trying to arrange a marriage for him. Rebelling against his family’s wishes, Edward sets off to find himself a wife of his own choosing. But instead he finds Satsuki – a young Japanese exchange student attending theatre classes at the local college. Of course there’s a catch: Satsuki is a boy!

    On a friend’s suggestion, Edward and Satsuki enter into a contract. Satsuki will cross-dress and enter into a sham marriage with Edward. In exchange, Edward will pay Satsuki for his acting services, shutting his snooty relatives up and allowing him to keep control of the family fortune. Everybody’s happy, right? Except for one small thing – what happens when the pair actually falls in love?”

    I have no idea if the book is any good, but if anyone is interested it’s called A Promise of Romance by Kyoko Akitsu. Keep in mind that this is a light novel, which is basically YA and not very deep.

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