52 years ago on June 12, 1967 (just 10 days after I was born) the U.S. Supreme Court decided that interracial marriage was legal in the United States in the Loving v. Virginia decision.
Just 4 years ago on June 26, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision that gay marriage was legal in the United States.
As someone who is in an interracial marriage the Loving v. Virginia ruling defines the possibility for what turned out to be my life partner as an adult.
As someone with LGBTQ family and friends who have just recently had the opportunity to wed their life partners as responsible, consenting adults I’m reminded of how far we’ve come, how tough it’s been to get here and how far we have yet to go.
In contrast to my wife and I’s relationship there are those who insist upon pushing “white pride” as if minorities demanding equal footing with whites in America somehow diminishes the “white brand”. It’s interesting how whites forget that our modern black people with Western surnames once had native languages, names, histories, cultures and areas of origin. “White” people in the U.S. usually have the luxury of tracing their lineage back hundreds of years and characterizing themselves as “German-American” or “Irish-American” or whathaveyou. “Black” people often have but only the color of their skin to connect with an entire continent that was once teeming with a wide variety of native languages, cultures and even ethnicities.
And don’t get me started with “Straight Pride”. Approxinately 5% of Americans identify as LGBTQ. *5%* Why the subject of just leaving LGBTQ folks alone to live their lives as consenting adults wishing to share in the same peace, prosperity and pursuit of happiness as straight Americans is such a big deal for some people is beyond me. People- it doesn’t rub off and it’s not communicable.
I truly believe that the Democratic Party is the Party of Freedom, Rights and the Pursuit of Happiness as well as the Party that rejects the government’s intrusion into our private lives. By attempting to dictate what an American citizen can or can do with their own body or by mandating who consenting adults can or can’t love, marry or enjoy the benefits of domestic partnership with the Republican Party repeatedly contradicts the Constitution that they so proudly (and falsely) claim to defend.
So in June let’s celebrate our victories past and present and continue to push for the day when America is truly “Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for ALL.”