Examiner of Portland | Loving Day

Examiner of Portland

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 10:17am -- eddien
Loving Day celebrates interracial marriage
Carisa Brewster

I first learned about Loving Day a few years ago when my husband and I lived in Philadelphia. Loving Day is the annual celebration of the June 12, 1967 Supreme Court decision, Loving vs. Virginia, that made it illegal for states to enforce their bans on interracial marriage.

But even after that court decision, it took years for individual states to take these silly laws off their books, even though they were not able to enforce them. The last two states to remove these laws were South Carolina (1998) and Alabama (2000). An interesting side note stated on the Loving Day site: a Mason-Dixon poll four months before the vote showed that 22 percent of South Carolina voters were opposed to the removal of the laws. And this was just 11 years ago!

So I've always known about the court decision, but I was not aware of this organization that celebrates multiculturalism and educates people about racial prejudice. Every year, people all over the United States, and even in other countries, have parties celebrating Loving Day. Here are the celebrations happening in the Pacific Northwest: