Monday, May 5, 2008

Marriage equality pioneer Mildred Loving passes away

Mildred Jeter Loving, a plaintiff in the historic Loving v. Virginia case that saw the U.S. Supreme Court overturn state laws against interracial marriage, passed away last week.

The Loving ruling will almost certainly play a major role in overturning state anti-gay marriage statutes and constitutional amendments in the next five to ten years.

"We loved each other and got married", Mrs. Loving told a newspaper simply, while the case was pending.

It should be noted that Senator Barack Obama, himself the product of an interracial marriage, is opposed to same-sex marriage; he instead supports civil unions. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that separate-but-equal is unconstitutional when applied to racial categories in the public schools. Perhaps Brown will be used to strike down separate-but-unequal civil unions in favor of real marriage.

The text of the Loving ruling and a recording of the oral arguments can be found on the Court's media page.

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