The Loving Story: Check out the January/February 2012 issue of Humanities magazine for a terrific article about the historic U.S. Supreme Court case that gave interracial couples the legal right to marry in the United States. At the heart of the case is a couple, Richard and  Mildred Loving, whose uncompromising love survived despite a hostile  environment, multiple arrests for living together as husband and wife,  and an eventual 25-year banishment decree from their home state of  Virginia. According to Humanities:

The Lovings had broken the state’s 1924 Racial Integrity Act,  a law that went to nearly insane lengths to keep anyone with even one  drop of black blood from mixing with a white person.

It’s hard not to notice the striking similarity between the Racial Integrity Act, struck down by Loving v. Virginia in 1967, and the Defense of Marriage Act. Both rely on morally weighted  language (“integrity” and “defense”), trying to disguise what the laws  really are: one racist and one homophobic, both profoundly  discriminatory.
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The Loving Story: Check out the January/February 2012 issue of Humanities magazine for a terrific article about the historic U.S. Supreme Court case that gave interracial couples the legal right to marry in the United States. At the heart of the case is a couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, whose uncompromising love survived despite a hostile environment, multiple arrests for living together as husband and wife, and an eventual 25-year banishment decree from their home state of Virginia. According to Humanities:

The Lovings had broken the state’s 1924 Racial Integrity Act, a law that went to nearly insane lengths to keep anyone with even one drop of black blood from mixing with a white person.

It’s hard not to notice the striking similarity between the Racial Integrity Act, struck down by Loving v. Virginia in 1967, and the Defense of Marriage Act. Both rely on morally weighted language (“integrity” and “defense”), trying to disguise what the laws really are: one racist and one homophobic, both profoundly discriminatory.

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