Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Loving Day and the freedom to marry

Stuart Gaffney and his parents have something in common. His marriage to his husband and their interracial marriage were declared void by the law.

Broadcast: 06/25/2007

Thursday, June 14, 2007

PODCAST: Professor Barbara Cox discusses the Loving decision on California Western School of Law's podcast Law in 10

Professor Barbara Cox joins Law in 10 on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Virginia's law (Loving v. Virginia) prohibiting interracial couples from marrying. She talks about the significance of this decision and what we can all learn from it today.

Broadcast: 06/12/2007

Monday, June 11, 2007

MA Governor Patrick presents the case for marriage equality

On his official website, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick presented the case for why state legislators ought to vote down the proposed constitutional amendment aimed at taking away same-sex couples's freedom to marry.

Broadcast: 06/07/2007

Friday, June 08, 2007

Evan Wolfson discusses Loving v. Virginia on TalkBack! with Hugh Hamilton

June 12th marks the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark Supreme Court decision that advanced racial equality and the freedom to marry in America.

In 1967, Virginia residents Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, an interracial couple, married in Washington DC. When they returned home, they were arrested for violating Virginia's Racial Integrity Act, which prohibited their marriage. The couple challenged the arrest all the way to the US Supreme Court. Writing in a unanimous decision, Chief Justice Earl Warren stated that banning interracial marriages constituted "invidious racial discrimination," thus violating the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

Committed, loving couples whose relationships had previously been treated with legal disregard and societal disrespect were finally able to marry.

Evan Wolfson discusses this landmark case and the celebration to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Loving decision spearheaded by a coalition of organizations led by Freedom to Marry.

Broadcast: 06/04/2007, 4:00 p.m.