June 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm EST | by Phil Reese
VIDEO: 44 years since Loving; LGBT leaders have hope


Its been 44 years since the Supreme Court struck down Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage in the historic case, Loving v. Virginia, in effect opening the door for any consenting adult heterosexual couple to marry, regardless of race. The American Foundation for Equal Rights — the organization behind the Federal case that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional — has created a video in memory of the decision. The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart reflects on 44 years of loving, thanks to Loving.


  • I think it won’t be long before same sex marriage is added to this interpretation of the 14th amendment and the whole notion of equal protection and substantive due process. I understand why opponents of gay marriage feel the way they do, I am sure its the same feelings that southern whites had when the South was forced to integrate the schools and blacks were allowed into the military and {gasp} to drink from white only water fountains.

    But if the opponents were honest with themselves they would admit that there is no reason for gays to be denied the right to a civil marriage contract binding on all parties and the states. Since they are basically dishonest with themselves I expect this nonsensical debate to continue for many years. Soon NY will allow Gay marriage and most of Europe. Its just a matter of time. How long it will take for the rest of our country is anybody’s guess, but looking at history and the sparks that ignited the Stonewall riots, I would have to say that Republican Social Conservatives, if they gain power and the White House will ultimately though their repressive actions re-ignite the riots of the 60’s.

    Foolish beyond anyone’s imagination the Republicans have (so far) frittered away their chance to unite the american people and rid ourselves of European style socialism and Alinskyism. Santorum and that crowd are betting on the wrong horse. You’ll see, as so many of you have in the past, that I am right and what I predict will come to pass.

  • I would like to add that the Loving decision says: “Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man”. And while the Justices applied that statement to the question of inter racial marriage before the court, there is no reason to assume that if asked that the court would not say the same thing about marriage between two men.
    They didn’t say that Marriage is a basic civil right ONLY for black and white mixed couples. They said Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man”, period.

    The Supreme Court also said:”The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.” Period. True they applied that statement to the Lovings and their case against the State of Virginia, but again, if asked, who is to say that the Supreme Court would say, ” the freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men, except for homosexuals and Lesbians?”

    I don’t think so. When the right case comes and the right question is asked I would think that the Court would be hard pressed to justify such a violation of equal protection and deny to gays rights essential to the “orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.”

  • Unlike times as they were during the Loving case without internet, instant media proliferation, and data available to all who are interested, when those politicians who fought against the Rights of Americans for Equality remain relatively unknown, today’s Politicians, Churches, and Hate Groups who fight against equality are recorded, streamed live, and their faces are known worldwide.

    They will not escape their shameful deeds, and their statements and efforts will be recorded in history books for all to see.

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