Today Is Loving Day
June 12, 2021 12:28 PM   Subscribe

Each year on this date, "Loving Day" celebrates the historic ruling in Loving v. Virginia, which declared unconstitutional a Virginia law prohibiting mixed-race marriage — and legalized interracial marriage in every state. (Previously.)
posted by clawsoon (13 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Happy Loving Day!
posted by aniola at 12:42 PM on June 12 [1 favorite]

1965, only 56 years ago. Wow.
posted by firstdaffodils at 1:05 PM on June 12 [9 favorites]

Mildred Loving was actually a year younger than my (very much alive) parents. With better luck, she and Richard could very well still be alive today.
posted by orange swan at 1:17 PM on June 12 [4 favorites]

Happy Loving Day!
posted by limeonaire at 1:20 PM on June 12

Loving it!
posted by Splunge at 3:13 PM on June 12

It's great to see all the mixed-race couples thanking the Lovings today on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
posted by etaoin at 4:43 PM on June 12 [7 favorites]

Somehow in five years I hadn't realized that Loving Day and the Pulse shooting/rememberance are the same day. I am glad to see the joy to balance out some of the pain.
posted by nakedmolerats at 6:18 PM on June 12 [1 favorite]

I was just looking at clips of the Vice President and Second Gentleman at a DC Pride Parade, and thinking how *their* marriage wouldn't have been valid not that many decades ago. Doug Emhoff did a video about the Loving case papers (and other documents) at the National Archives.
posted by NorthernLite at 9:07 PM on June 12 [5 favorites]

I will never get over the fact that their name was "Loving." It's so perfect that if it was in a fictional work it would be laughable. Just amazing.
posted by brundlefly at 9:25 PM on June 12 [14 favorites]

Is there a sense of impending doom about this as there is about Roe?
posted by acb at 9:11 AM on June 13

I doubt it? Even the revanchist Republicans don't fight that corner anymore. If (or when, at this rate) the country goes full fash I'm sure it might get rolled back, but we'll have way deadlier problems at that point.
posted by tavella at 12:26 PM on June 13

1965, only 56 years ago. Wow.

The Republican pushback about so-called "Critical Race Theory" is aimed at whitewashing, so to speak, the country's history of, and still existing, systemic racism.

The fact that until 1965 (to say nothing of the decades before) people were forbidden by certain states to marry on account of the color of their skin is the very definition of systemic racism.
posted by Gelatin at 4:54 AM on June 14 [5 favorites]

It's just such a perspective placer. 56 is younger than my father. The United States is a giant baby.
posted by firstdaffodils at 10:38 PM on June 14

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