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May 6th, 2008
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R.I.P., Mrs. Loving
Yesterday marked the death of Mildred Loving, subject of the 1967 Supreme Court Decision that ruled anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional.

I just wrote her a wikipedia article of her very own. One of those quiet individuals who quietly decides to stand up against injustice, not to get attention for herself, but to defend everyone's right to love.

I will celebrate Loving Day on June 12, and I hope you will join me. It was not until 2000 that the final mixed-marriage law was taken off the books (in Alabama), and we still have a long way to go towards equality in this country. Mildred Loving supported same-sex marriage as well. It is always a joy to read the words of someone who seemed to feel that the reasoning is as simple and obvious as it looks to me:


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.


(June 12, 2007 statement by Mildred Loving)

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From:netmouse
Date:May 6th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome. Glad you liked it.
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From:netmouse
Date:May 6th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Cool. Where do you work?
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From:netmouse
Date:May 6th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Oh, neat. I used Socialtext for three years as an engineer at Soar Technology. Interesting tool, and getting better each year, for the most part.
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From:dr_memory
Date:May 6th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
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I can't believe she didn't have a wikipedia entry. Thank you.
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From:netmouse
Date:May 6th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, there was one about the case, but not one just about her. Her name redirected to the case, previously. I felt it was worth having her represented as a person, too.
From:tlatoani
Date:May 6th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
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That was a very cool thing to do. She needed an entry.
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From:netmouse
Date:May 6th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Interestingly, someone is arguing in talk that the article should be titled "Mildred and Richard Loving" and I'm just, like, well, that's not how you write encyclopedia articles.
From:tlatoani
Date:May 6th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Right now, it looks like they're both set up to direct to the same article. When I looked this up a month or two ago, I thought there was a "Richard Loving" article and an article on the case, but not one for her (which I agree was inappropriate).
From:tshaile
Date:May 11th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
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You are so much more the civic and socially aware person than I. I admire that in you. Thank you for being so.
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