The U.S. Supreme Court tossed out any racially based limitations on marriage in the landmark 1967 Loving v. Virginia case. In the unanimous decision, the court said that “Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the state.”
The above is the closing paragraph of the CNN article about the racist Louisiana judge who would not marry an interracial couple. In my previous post “Empty Spaces/A Moment without Hapas“, I mention briefly my support of same-sex marriage, but to not draw away from the point of the post, I didn’t elaborate. I am elaborating now…
Why can it not also be “…the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person based on their gender resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the state”?
Why is it that my gay friends are told that they cannot live life like every other American because they prefer to be with someone of the same gender romantically? Why is it America’s business who you love?
Everyone in this country (with varying age ranges) can have the ability to marry in love, in lust, in drunken 48-hour wedding ceremonies with a backdrop of shiny lights and desert dust so long as the other person is of the opposite sex. It doesn’t matter if anyone approves or disapproves of any of these decisions. You have the right to marry whomever you want except…and that word bothers me except…
“…except the person you love because you shouldn’t have matching chromosomes…?”
In all this uproar about not allowing for interracial dating, let’s remember we still have more to do to ensure equality for all.
Below is a song I’ve featured before, my “So Special” song for Marriage Equality: