I just found out from an NGLTF email that Mildred Loving died on May 2nd at the age of 68. She and her husband, Richard, were plaintiffs in the landmark US Supreme Court case "Loving v. Virginia." Until 1967, many states had specific laws banning interracial marriage. The Supreme Court ruled in their favor and struck down all restrictions on marriage based on race. Here were Mildred's thoughts on the current fight over marriage:
"Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the "wrong kind of person" for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people's religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people's civil rights.
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."
Truly heroic words from an amazing woman.