May 7 2008
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?