Sunday, May 18, 2008

Loving v. Virginia - Roanoke.com

Many people would like to draw a line between restrictions against interracial and same sex marriage, labeling one racist and obviously wrong, the other natural and right, but Mildred Loving, whose marriage challenged Virginia law in the 1960s, made no such distinction:

"Loving, whose husband was killed in 1975 by a drunken driver, eventually stopped giving interviews. But she broke her silence last year on the 40th anniversary of the ruling, to speak out in favor of gay marriage.

'I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry,' she said. 'Government has no business imposing some people's religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people civil rights.'"