Here is a group I wish Rep. Chuck DeVore would invest some time in learning more about.Ã‚Â But IÃ‚Â fear Chuck has already made up his mind on this issue.Ã‚Â
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s “Loving” decision that liftedÃ‚Â the ban on Interracial Marriage nationally.Ã‚Â The rationale behind banning interracial marriage was that whitesÃ‚Â were superior racially and intermarriages would diminish the white race.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Read about there case here.
To commemorate the Loving case, Freedom to Marry has developed a number of Print PSAs which feature prominent Republicans who have intermarried (Jeb Bush, William Cohen) and even people like Tiger Woods.Ã‚Â For more on the organization and to see the ads go here.
Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Headed by Evan Wolfson, one of America’s leading civil rights advocates and lawyers, Freedom to Marry brings new resources and a renewed context of urgency and opportunity to this social justice movement. Freedom to Marry brings the work of its partner organizations into a larger whole, a shared civil rights campaign that fosters heightened outreach to non-gay allies.
Freedom to Marry encourages dialogue with Americans thinking through the need to end discrimination in marriage, provides support to targeted state and local efforts, and promotes fairness for all families, including same-sex couples and the children raised by gay parents. By working to secure equal access to civil marriage licenses from the government, we help reinforce our country’s historic commitment to freedom, the pursuit of happiness, and equal justice for all.
A wide array of legal and civil rights groups have combined efforts to celebrate the Loving 40th Anniversary:
- as a milestone in the fight against racial inequality,
- for its importance in securing the freedom to marry as a civil right,
- for its embodiment of the importance of social justice activism and independent courts, and
- for its relevance to today’s ongoing battles against unfair exclusion from marriage.
The celebration will consist of a series of five ads in Roll Call and The Politico starting on June 4th and running through the Anniversary on June 12th. Also, the organizations will hold a press conference and a reception on Capitol Hill to mark the decision’s precise anniversary on June 12th.
(note to readers: apologies for the typos; my keyboard is acting up.Ã‚Â I have cleaned up the text – Dan)