Forty-one years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia that it is unconstitutional to outlaw interracial marriages in the United States. As someone who was raised in Virginia, I can tell you that the Supreme Court decision didn’t change a whole lot of attitudes in 1967. No, it has taken decades for society as a whole to accept what is right. But finally, it has.
Look around today. I know many interracial couples. I know one young married couple in their mid-twenties who acknowledge that they are still a little unusual, but don’t feel the need to explain themselves to anyone. They are the product of a much more accepting society than the one I grew up in.
Oh, yeah, and then there’s Barack Obama.
So read a little bit of history about Loving Day, and then join me in the dream that perhaps 41 years from now we’ll have a presidential candidate who (gasp!) has two mommies.