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Tue, 09/03/2013 - 5:49pm -- eddien
Title: 
Making Love Legal
Press Date: 
06/07/2013
Press Category: 
Article
Author: 
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

Love was not enough to mitigate the racial fear and hatred that resisted their union. It was not enough to unravel the complicated narrative of white supremacy that led to segregation, to Jim Crow and anti-miscegenation laws.

In Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision held that the prohibition of biracial marriage was unconstitutional. Chief Justice Earl Warren and the other justices claimed that "Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival ... Under our constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State."

No matter what society asserts about race, no matter what religious institutions teach about race and no matter the ethnicity of the couple, marriage is a basic civil right.