Happy Loving Day!
This is a post that I hope many of my friends appreciate, for regardless of where they are in their specific romantic relationships, it certainly pertains to their rights. Forty-four years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States served the landmark decision to Loving v. Virgina that yes, interracial couples could marry.
The Court declared Virginia‘s anti-miscegenation statute, the “Racial Integrity Act of 1924“, unconstitutional, thereby ending all race-based legal restriction on marriage in the United States.
The Court debate started on April 10, 1967, and closed on June 12, 1967. Taking into account that the Racial Integrity Act was formalized in 1924, that means there was a 43-year period where White & Colored simply didn’t work. Not only was miscegenation socially perceived as inappropriate, it was criminalized. The Racial Integrity Act fascinates me. I could go on for days about it, about how miscegenation was just the tip of the iceberg, that interracial kisses on screen were forbidden, too (Never mind anybody actually giving a person of color a role of significance.), how some really sick eugenics shit was going down in Virginia, how it is just amazing and simultaneously impossible for me to comprehend.
So now we come to today, Sunday, June 12, 2011. It’s Loving Day! Personally, I’m an American Born Chinese girl living with a blue-eyed White boy, and we actively talk about the family we’re one day going to grow. (NOT engaged or pregnant, we just think forward while living in sin.)
I’m very grateful, though having been born decades after miscegenation was an issue that needed legalization, I will never fully understand what it’s like to be a minority who’s legally forbidden from mixing in marriage with a White person. I know that such huge social changes take time, but we still have a ways to go.
…We can all see where this is going, right? Why don’t we all just get over our shit and install same-sex marriage as the legal institution it is destined to be? Imagine the lawyer fees it’ll save the nation, and just entertain the possibility that Funny or Die had it right when they produced Prop 8: The Musical way back in 2008:
It’ll save the fucking economy. Come on. A full spectrum of flesh tones equals happy people, and so will gay unions. I’ve said it on more than one occasion (once, twice), that whoever considers marrying me has to consider waiting until marriage is completely fair first. If he or she were to balk at the notion, I’d give him or her a full lesson on Loving v. Virginia. These rights we have as Americans? We shan’t take them for granted.
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Unrelated: Weinergate. Loving v. Virginia. Real-life puns!
Just barely related: Huma Abedin, would you marry me?