OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
City of Eugene, Oregon
Whereas, Anti-miscegenation laws have caused extreme pain and suffering and sometimes death at the hands of lynch mobs; and
The primary ill effect on the development of multiracial children is that their families are treated differently by society; and
Most identity concerns can be traced to the lack of acceptance by societal cultural attitudes; and
Mixed-race people, the progeny of interracial marriage, deserve the same respect and rights as any other people; and
We as a community should strive to honor the rights of individuals to freely befriend, love, and marry mutually consenting adults; and
Mildred and Richard Loving deserve our collective thanks and recognition for their heroic struggle to end over three centuries of anti-miscegenation laws, and for their embodiment our constitutional "right to privacy;"
I, Kitty Piercy, Mayor of Eugene, Oregon, do hereby proclaim June 12, 2005, to be
in the city of Eugene, and urge all citizens to remember, honor, and learn about the Loving's civil rights struggle and efforts to eliminate all laws against interracial marriage.
Kitty Piercy, Mayor