Eugene, Oregon | Loving Day

Eugene, Oregon

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
City of Eugene, Oregon

PROCLAMATION
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

Loving Day

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

Recognition Date: 
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Recognition Credit: 
H.O.N.E.Y. (Honoring Our New Ethnic Youth)
City: 
Eugene
State (if you are in the U.S.A): 
Oregon
Country: 
United States