Many people are waiting to hear how the Supreme Court decides on same-sex marriage, but not everyone realized that until recently people of different races could have trouble marrying in America. Loving v. Virginia changed this on June 12, 1967, and today the Loving Day Project marks its 10th annual Loving Day celebration.
Back when Barack Obama’s parents got married, interracial marriage was illegal in 22 of the states. *picks jaw up from floor* These days, one in seven weddings are interracial, and multiracial children are a growing demographic. Loving Day is about celebrating the rights of couples to marry whomever they love and for all families to thrive. It’s a day for educating others and taking a stand against prejudice. You can also use Loving Day (I can’t get over how perfect that name is) to learn more about your own family’s cultural history.
A number of celebrations are going on today and through the weekend. New York City’s celebration is gonna take place this Saturday, and 1,500 guests are expected to take part. If that is what happens, it will be the biggest Loving Day event, but there might be other awesome events in your area. If you’re currently attending college, it might interest you to know that the Loving Day Project has also started up something called Loving Day on Campus to get more university students involved. Let’s share a little love today!
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