Friday marked 48 years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared laws against interracial marriages unconstitutional. Appropriately, every June 12 since is known as Loving Day, referring to the interracial couple of Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter of this landmark Loving v. Virginia case.
The case paved the way for gradual acceptance of diversity among individuals who love each other. It makes me think of my relatives — especially all but one of my cousins on my father’s side who are married — and how they are all in biracial or mixed race relationships with children of the same makeup. None of their relationships would have been legally possible without Richard and Mildred setting the precedent for the rest of the country. I someday hope to enjoy the same privilege as my cousins when it’s finally my time. (I’m the youngest of them all. Still.)
With interracial marriages legally the norm for decades, I hope to see the same for same-sex couples nationwide in the near future.