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I learned from Colloquy Moms founder Kathleen Robertson that yesterday was Loving Day. You see, like me, Kathleen is in an interracial marriage. Turns out, on June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized interracial marriage.
Growing up here in California where couples of all races, sexes and ages freely come together, it's hard to imagine that there was a time not so long ago when it was actually illegal to get married to someone of a different ethnic background.
The celebration actually gets it name from Mr. Richard and Mrs. Mildred Loving (see the picture at the top of this post), the couple at the center of a lawsuit against the state of Virginia. You can read the whole story by clicking here. It's a happy coincidence that their last name was Loving! They were pioneers of their time, fighting for the rights for any two people in love, regardless of their race, color or creed, to participate in the ultimate expression of love: marriage.
There is a huge celebration planned today in New York City which you can learn more about a the LovingDay.org website. The volunteer Loving Day organization seeks to connect the multicultural community and sponsors annual Loving Day events. I think it's a great idea for a national holiday and a chance to celebrate not just interracial marriage, but the multicultural fabric that makes up American society today.
So how did I meet Kathleen?
She offered me an opportunity to spreading my wings just a tiny bit. Believe it or not, I am going to be contributing a weekly post to ColloquyMoms.com. Who knew I would become a mommy blogger! Fortunately for me, this blog has a very open and inclusive definition of the word mother ... one that includes me:
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